Pollock and Vermilion Heritage board member Amy Chrisman said the 100th anniversary is a big deal for the theater.
“We’re finally saying something about it,” Pollock said laughing.
Pollock said the theater has hosted so many live performances and movies.
“We like to show (the theater) off, Pollock said. “We don’t want to forget how wonderful it is.”
Events at the theater, including this weekend’s holiday activities and a holiday book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 with local authors, scheduled throughout the year remind residents of its vast history.
“It’s kind of a big deal. It was the most opulent of all the theaters …,” Chrisman said.
It’s also the only one still standing out of the seven older theaters, she said.
“That’s really remarkable,” Chrisman said.
She said she always calls the theater “the crown jewel of Danville.”
“It’s a diamond in the rough,” Chrisman said. “It’s beautiful.”
The theater’s acoustics are remarkable, she added.
The theater was built prior to the days of electricity. A whisper on the stage can be heard up high in the projection booth. Voices are amplified and projected well.
“We’re really proud of our building,” Chrisman said. “It’s the cornerstone of downtown Danville. It’s an important venue for the entire area. It was and will be.”
She can’t wait for the theater to be fully restored.
“The Fischer Theatre loves Danville and we hope Danville still loves the Fischer Theatre,” Chrisman said.