Marin Community Foundation Allocates $250,000 to the Novato Theater
The Novato Theater is delighted to announce that it will be the beneficiary of a $250,000 grant from the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation.
The Novato Theater is conducting a capital campaign. Once completed, the Theater will serve the North Bay community by providing an extraordinary venue for cinema, live music, performing arts, public events, education and a broad spectrum of digital programming in downtown Novato. There will be two interior theaters: a large theater downstairs with 248 seats, configured for movies and stage shows, and a smaller theater upstairs with 48 removable seats and a rehearsal/dance floor.
“These funds are a tremendous boost and will go a long way towards the next phase of construction. Our Board is grateful to advisory Board Member, Judy Arnold for her assistance in bringing this request to the Foundation,” stated Steve Rempe, Board President. The next phase of construction includes: framing the interior of the structure; completing rough electrical and plumbing; framing the roof and installing roof trusses; installing roofing and mechanical equipment, and completing the exterior finishes on the frontage of the building.
In January, the Novato Theater opened Studio 46 located at 1016 Railroad Avenue a few blocks from the Theater site. Studio 46 is providing a variety of exciting artist receptions and programming. Spring class offerings include: improv, musical theater, dance, and painting for youth and adults. The summer schedule provides an amazing array of arts education for youth and adults.
Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Marin Community Foundation, said: “we hope the Marin Community Foundation stamp of approval benefits the capital campaign – and through the Buck Family Fund we are very pleased to be in a position of support for this wonderful community effort.”
The Novato Theater has received financial support from both the City of Novato and the County of Marin, along with numerous local businesses and individuals. Fundraising naming opportunities have been a success with the naming rights for the Main Lobby, Beer & Wine Bar, Concession Area, Box Office and the Vintage Ticket Booth already secured. Fundraising efforts are ongoing and community members interested in getting involved can contact the Novato Theater at email@example.com or www.novatotheater.net
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