When Celebrate St. James Past-Present-Future was born in 2017, the Calderone Theatre soon became its home for meetings, events, art shows, and a movie museum. This organization, whose
mission is to bring the cultural arts to St. James and beyond, hoped to change the face of the
Lake Avenue business district and revive its economy. Its accomplishments have been
astounding for a young organization – art walks, historical and cultural events, a movie museum,
an art gallery, an “off” Broadway musical production, a sold-out gala, and $200K funds raised to build Celebrate Park in the heart of Lake Avenue!
Now, Celebrate St. James is ready to accomplish what others may think is impossible. They want
to purchase the historic theatre and turn it into a cultural arts center for the community, with a small
theatre, a recording studio and classrooms, providing events for all ages including historic
recreations, silent movies, art and music presentations, and more, while keeping the movie
museum and art gallery. They want kids to get away from computer screens, seniors to be part
of our cultural community, and families to come together for fun and learning in a time when we
need it most.
We are asking you, those who will reap the benefits, to become benefactors and sponsors, to make a pledge to save the theatre, help it to live another day, and bring the cultural arts home to St. James once again. We were the “go-to-place” in the early 1900’s when vaudevillians lived and performed here. We can honor those friendly ghosts who continue to watch over us by using the legacy of this historic
building to fulfill a prophecy – a prophecy to bring the community together through art, music,
theatre, and our own glorious history – in a building that is a precious part of our past.
- David Berg
- Dennis Mckeough
- MICHAEL GIARRIZZO
- Ron Gonzales
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