The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


January 10, 2014

Lorraine Foundation members discuss theaters future

HOOPESTON — Participants at Thursday's Save The Lorraine Foundation meeting discussed ideas to enhance the Lorraine II venue.

Ideas bounced around included movies to be shown during the next few weeks, rental of the theater for private parties, and separation of operational money for the Little Lorraine from donations to renovate the Lorraine Theatre. Also discussed was the need for more volunteers and a few additional committee chairmen.

President Jim Richards said he approached Pastors Andy Maxwell and Larry Houseman regarding the idea of showing religious-based movies occasionally to reach all residents in the Hoopeston area, especially during the Easter season.

"There are also drama and action movies in the religious-based movies," Jeremy Green said.

Since not all the churches had been contacted, this idea was tabled.

The Lorraine II became operational the last week of December 2013 to begin the long trek toward renovating the 92-year old Lorraine Theatre. Both theatres have been closed since April 2012 and placed in the hands of MainSource Bank, Hoopeston, until sold and donated to the foundation. The Lorraine Theatre had deteriorated significantly from May until September of last year. A facelift inside and out will come with a price of at least $250,000.

It is the hope of foundation members that area residents, alumni, businesses, City of Hoopeston, and other interested parties will support the Foundation through donations and yearly memberships, see the movies offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday instead of traveling to out-of-town movies, and donate through the volunteer of in-kind services.

Six levels of memberships are being offered payable on a yearly basis to support the Lorraine theaters: Copper membership are for children, $5; Quartz, $25; Bronze, $50; Silver, $100; Gold, $500; and Platinum, $1,000.00 or higher

Checks for these memberships are made out to Save The Lorraine Theatre and sent to Save The Lorraine Theatre Foundation, P.O. Box 247, Hoopeston, IL 60942. It is suggested to write membership on checks that are for membership, otherwise, they will be considered a donation only.

At a future date, according to Richards, the Save The Lorraine Foundation will offer a complete history of the Lorraine Theatre including photos of the 1922 lobby and 1937 remodel, t-shirts and other memorablia as fundraisers.

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