Gerald Theatre to make a historic comeback

The year was 1932, on a bustling Main Street and “Snow White” was up on the marquee.  Many families  attended movies  for 25 cents, with popcorn selling for a dime and Milk Duds for a nickel. Now a group in Gerald would like to bring back those glory days by purchasing and restoring the original Gerald Theatre.    

The goal of the Gerald Community Theatre group is to acquire the building and bring it back to life as a performing art center to host weekend movies, drama workshops, children’s theatre, talent shows, concerts, a recording studio, dinner shows, classes, and a Makerspace (a shop for making, learning, exploring and sharing innovations and ideas) for community activities. 

To accomplish this goal the Gerald Community Theatre group would like to invite the public to participate, beginning with the various fund raising activities that are planned this fall, including a benefit concert and car show on Main Street. The goal is to raise $50,000 by Halloween.   

Donations of any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Monies can be deposited in a special Gerald Community Theatre account at First Bank. More information on donations and the history of the Gerald Theatre can be found at online at www.Facebook.com/GeraldCommunityTheatre.  

The first platinum level donation of $l,000 was gifted by Carl Nappier of Gerald.  He remembers going to the Gerald Theatre in 1962 and hearing an 11-year-old girl at the talent show “with a voice like Taylor Swift.” He says he is looking forward to hearing new talent at the restored Gerald Theatre.

The purpose of this endeavor is to bring the Gerald community together by celebrating the best in our neighbors—young and old—through theatre, music and art.

For more information call or text 573-462-0991.

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