Two local movie-lovers just keep on giving to Association for the Colonial Theatre – and challenging the newly expanded nonprofit.
The anonymous members recently announced a $100,000 matching challenge grant to benefit the historic movie theatre and concert venue. If the Colonial raises $100,000 by May 31, 2018 for its Bank on the Arts capital campaign, it will receive a $100,000 grant from the Chester County couple, according to a press release from the theater.
“We’ve had strong responses from our members to previous challenges,” noted Mary Foote, ACT Executive Director. “These have helped stimulate gifts ranging from $5 to $45,000 to the campaign. Every single dollar is needed and appreciated.”
Last May, ACT opened its new wing in the former Bank of Phoenixville building next door to the historic theatre. The space showcases two new theatres with seating for an additional 238 patrons, a spacious lobby with 30’ concession stand, and a beautiful rental suite with a rooftop deck. This expansion allows the Colonial to show three to five feature films per week on the ‘day and date’ they open nationally to the delight of patrons. Prior to the building expansion, the historic Colonial consisted of a 658-seat auditorium, a third floor event space and a modest lobby.
Naming opportunities are available, including the entire new wing and a dressing room used by visiting musicians and performers. To discuss a multi-year pledge, one-time gift or transfer stock or appreciated securities, contact the theatre’s business office at (610) 917-1228 or email Mary Foote, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.thecolonialtheatre.com/donate and give to ‘Bank on the Arts.’