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* 2022 Friday Night Live-
10 events are planned for the outdoor stage July-
*The exterior of the new Theatre & Community Arts Center
was completed in December 2021
*Ground was broken on April 5th, 2021 for the new Theatre & Community Arts Center
*Gateway Milbridge received a $20,000 C.F. Adams Foundation match challenge for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $15,000 grant from the Betterment Fund for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
* Gateway Milbridge received $20,000 thanks to a $10,000 match challenge fundraiser from Wyman's of Maine for the theatre building fund! Thank you!!
*Gateway Milbridge received $15,000 thanks to a match challenge from Machias Savings Bank for the theatre building fund! Thank you!!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $5,000 donation from Camden National Bank for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $25,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*The Outdoor Stage has been moved to its new Waterfront Location.
*Gateway Milbridge received a $15,000 Morton Kelly Charitable Trust grant for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*The 20 permanent flower planters along Main St. have continued to do well and will be changed out seasonally.
After detailed input from communities across the area, our largest program is rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre as a modern, full-
The Milbridge Theatre has been a community icon since it was built in 1937. Area residents relied on the theatre for entertainment and gathering because such opportunities here are few and often a great distance away. It was one of the few facilities we had for creating a strong sense of community and belonging for area residents of all ages. Generations of our region's youth spent countless weekends of their lives at the theatre engaging in much-
When we embarked on this project, we held community meetings and conducted a detailed community survey to gauge interest and objectives in rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre. We received numerous responses reflecting overwhelming support to see the theatre reopened and expanded as a full-
The new Milbridge Theatre will not only show films, but will have a broader operational and business scope to include hosting live performances, local talent, historic and art film, educational programs, and other community events. Importantly, it will provide a venue for the region's youth to develop their artistic and creative interests, gain life and employment skills, and cultivate their sense of civic engagement. A main focus of theatre programming will be on youth involvement in theatre, music, and film; and on providing a real theatre space for use by local schools and youth programs.
Rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre will also contribute greatly to our economy. It will create professional jobs and skill-
Phases 1 and 2 (Jan-
Phase 3 (January-
Phase 8 Facility Enhancement (2022-
Plans call for a facility of approximately 5,000 square feet with seating for over 200. We envision the building as an efficient, easy to maintain, comfortable, year-
This process will enable us to have access to a year-
The outdoor programming we're already providing has strong, tangible results. Having a new, year-
We're well on the way to making the Milbridge Theatre a reality. To help us meet our fundraising goals, Gateway Milbridge is embarking on a capital campaign. Our website, MilbridgeTheatre.org, provides up-
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