20 years ago, the Phoenix Theater almost closed permanently due to the high cost of seismic retrofitting work required by the state. A group of community members teamed up to gather the money required because they didn't want to live in a Petaluma without the Phoenix. The work was completed and the Phoenix was able to continue carrying out its mission. We now face a similar moment and could use your help.
We recently received a notice from the City of Petaluma in regards to the fire sprinkler ordinance in downtown Petaluma. They are asking that the Phoenix have fire sprinklers installed by April 2019. Failure to do so will result in fines and potential closure.
The price of the sprinkler job alone is $185k - this does not include the construction costs to repair the building after the sprinklers are installed.
The building has also been in need of a new roof for a long time ($90k for the three levels) and has reached the point where leaks could could cause structural damage if further delayed.
We have raised $140k so far for these jobs - $50k from Lagunitas from their Beer Circus events, $50k from Petaluma Market and an incoming $40k from a community member who wants to help.
In all, our goal is to raise another $250k to safely get both projects done. Any additional amount raised will go toward other building improvements.
This is a moment of great need for the Phoenix - the most pressing one since the Phoenix nearly closed for good in 1999.
The Phoenix has been everyone's building since it was constructed as the Hill Opera House in 1904. We want to make sure it can continue serving the community for generations to come. Every every dollar and every share helps. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for being a friend of the Phoenix.
The Petaluma Phoenix Center, known to most simply as the Phoenix Theater, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in support of local youth.
The mission of the Petaluma Phoenix Theater is to foster the emotional, physical and social development of the young people we serve by enabling them to create and engage in programs for music, the arts, and health and wellness, while preserving and improving the historic Phoenix Theater as a resource for youth and the community at large.