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Theatre renovations almost done

Friends of the Pulaski Theatre hopes to schedule entertainment in the renovated facility this fall, but movies may have to wait a bit longer.
Mike Fleenor, president of the group’s board of directors, said theatre construction is 95 percent complete. However, more fundraising will be required before a screen, projector, lighting and sound system can be purchased.
He estimated the cost of a projector and projection screen to be $35,000 to $40,000. Lighting and sound equipment will run about $100,000 more.
“We’re hoping to get some public support” in the fundraising effort, Fleenor said. He stressed that donations are tax-deductible and the organization will provide donors with receipts for tax purposes.
Asked how long he thinks it will take to raise enough money to begin showing movies, Fleenor said, “It shouldn’t be hard to raise $30,000 to $40,000, but with the economy at the level it is, donations are not what they used to be.”
Fleenor said the group is trying to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, such as a digital projector, so it will not become obsolete and need replacing quickly. They could probably find a cheaper, older projector, but he noted, “We don’t want to end up with (the equivalent of) an eight-track tape.”
As for the projection screen, they are trying to find a good quality used screen, which may cost around $5,000.
But the lack of equipment does not preclude entertainment from being scheduled as soon as construction is complete and a certificate of occupancy is obtained.
Once the certificate is received, the group plans to start booking bands and other forms of entertainment that bring their own sound systems.
Proceeds from those events will help with the fundraising effort.
Since Friends of the Pulaski Theatre is a non-profit, volunteer organization, Fleenor said board members will donate time to sell tickets and refreshments at events so there is no payroll to fund. He hopes at some point in the future, the theatre will generate enough revenue to allow for at least one staff person.
Asked what types of movies will be shown at the theatre once the projector and screen are in place, Fleenor said they will most likely be second-run and specialty movies, such as holiday movies during holidays.
“We can’t afford the first-run movies,” he said, noting that the only income movie theatres usually generate comes from food and drink sales.
Ticket sales usually cover the cost of leasing the movie.
Fleenor described the theatre as being similar to the Lyric in Blacksburg.
Other than the equipment needs, Fleenor said the carpet is down now, and a soft drink dispenser was installed in the snack bar last week.
All that is left to do to obtain a certificate of occupancy is to finish two restrooms on the balcony level.
Fleenor said plumbing in the restrooms is complete. They just need to have the tile installed, plaster and paint the walls and install the fixtures.
Anyone wishing to see inside the theatre may call Fleenor’s office (980-7893) to schedule a tour.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

Theatre renovations almost done

Friends of the Pulaski Theatre hopes to schedule entertainment in the renovated facility this fall, but movies may have to wait a bit longer.
Mike Fleenor, president of the group’s board of directors, said theatre construction is 95 percent complete. However, more fundraising will be required before a screen, projector, lighting and sound system can be purchased.
He estimated the cost of a projector and projection screen to be $35,000 to $40,000. Lighting and sound equipment will run about $100,000 more.
“We’re hoping to get some public support” in the fundraising effort, Fleenor said. He stressed that donations are tax-deductible and the organization will provide donors with receipts for tax purposes.
Asked how long he thinks it will take to raise enough money to begin showing movies, Fleenor said, “It shouldn’t be hard to raise $30,000 to $40,000, but with the economy at the level it is, donations are not what they used to be.”
Fleenor said the group is trying to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, such as a digital projector, so it will not become obsolete and need replacing quickly. They could probably find a cheaper, older projector, but he noted, “We don’t want to end up with (the equivalent of) an eight-track tape.”
As for the projection screen, they are trying to find a good quality used screen, which may cost around $5,000.
But the lack of equipment does not preclude entertainment from being scheduled as soon as construction is complete and a certificate of occupancy is obtained.
Once the certificate is received, the group plans to start booking bands and other forms of entertainment that bring their own sound systems.
Proceeds from those events will help with the fundraising effort.
Since Friends of the Pulaski Theatre is a non-profit, volunteer organization, Fleenor said board members will donate time to sell tickets and refreshments at events so there is no payroll to fund. He hopes at some point in the future, the theatre will generate enough revenue to allow for at least one staff person.
Asked what types of movies will be shown at the theatre once the projector and screen are in place, Fleenor said they will most likely be second-run and specialty movies, such as holiday movies during holidays.
“We can’t afford the first-run movies,” he said, noting that the only income movie theatres usually generate comes from food and drink sales.
Ticket sales usually cover the cost of leasing the movie.
Fleenor described the theatre as being similar to the Lyric in Blacksburg.
Other than the equipment needs, Fleenor said the carpet is down now, and a soft drink dispenser was installed in the snack bar last week.
All that is left to do to obtain a certificate of occupancy is to finish two restrooms on the balcony level.
Fleenor said plumbing in the restrooms is complete. They just need to have the tile installed, plaster and paint the walls and install the fixtures.
Anyone wishing to see inside the theatre may call Fleenor’s office (980-7893) to schedule a tour.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com