Mt. Lassen Theatre Accessibility

$7,480 of $35,500 goal

Raised by 25 people in 15 months
Gwen Meinhardt
on behalf of Mt. Lassen Theatre
 CHESTER, CA
“The theatre is the only institution in the world that has been dying for 4000 years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”

John Steinbach

Dear Theatre Friends and Neighbors,

I am excited to share renovation progress at Mt. Lassen Theatre, formerly Chester Theatre,  and share a need.  After receiving overwhelming support from 65 Theatre Founders we were able to pay for the manufacture of our new marquee and blade.  Production begins this month!  We will be able to watch our signage take shape through web cams at Alpha Architectural in Sacramento this winter- our new winter sport!

We caught another vision as we collaborated with engineer Jim MacIntyre and general contractor, Brett Womack. Although we are not required to do so at this time, we would like to make the line of travel to our entry safer and more accessible for the disabled and elderly.

This will be accomplished by creating handicap parking, a new drainage system, improve the steep grade from the street to the doors, two double doors on each side of the ticket booth with push button entry and raising the current foyer floor and ceiling.

Additional entrance improvements will cost roughly $40,000, but this amount will be applied to meet future American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requirements.  Again, accessibility accommodations are not required yet, but will be a credit to us in future phases of the remodel. 

The “MLT Entrance and Accessibility Expansion- 30-Day Holiday GoFundMe” asks our community and theatre friends far and wide if they will help us meet these additional needs with year-end, 2016 tax-deductible giving during the holidays.  

Will you join us in donating any amount this Christmas season to make the theatre more accessible? For those who give $500 or more, you will be offered an engraved brick to be inlaid in the Art Deco Entry Terrazzo.

Your brick purchase and donations will help us raise the $40k needed to:
·      Add handicap parking
·      Improve winter drainage
·      Raise the original ceiling and entry floor to accommodate larger doors
·      Create an Art Deco Terrazzo inlaid with engraved donor bricks
·      ADA compliant double doors on each side of the ticket booth
·      Push Button accessibility
·      Improve the grade between the street and entryway

On behalf of the Mt. Lassen Theatre Committee, we can’t thank you enough for all your grit and devotion in ushering the Theatre, a place for visual and performing arts, into the Lake Almanor Basin.

Respectfully,

Gwen Meinhardt
Executive Director of Mt. Lassen Theatre
www.MtLassenTheatre.org


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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In preparation for Accessibility remodel and marquii and blade installation we got the original Chester Theatre seats out of storage, scrubbed and reinstalled them with more than a dozen volunteers!
Scrubbing original theatre seats clean
40 year old dirt needed power washing!
The fantastic volunteers!
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OK friends- when brick purchases are made outside of the GoFundMe website I will reduce the total amount we need to raise on this site. Another $500 this morning! Thank you Paul and Nancy Marino from San Jose! Total amount reduced to 35,500!
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Just an update friends of the Theatre- We've actually raised about $4,000 more than what you see here as donations and brick purchases have been made directly to the Theatre. So we're really at about $10,000. Just wanted to share the good news!
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“The theatre is the only institution in the world that has been dying for 4000 years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”

John Steinbach

Dear Friends and Theatre Advocates:

In order to bolster our struggling mountain economy and offer a venue for Visual and Performing Arts in the Lake Almanor region, the Mt. Lassen Theatre Committee and I have spent the last two years developing plans to renovate the former Chester Theater (1948-1986). Before Arts programming can begin, the building must be updated. I am excited to share renovation progress and share a very pressing need in meeting our theatre renovation goals and deadlines.

Progress-
After receiving overwhelming support from 65 Theatre Founders, we were able to pay for the manufacture of a new marquee and blade. Manufacture is underway in Sacramento as I type! Go to mtlassentheatre.org for pictures.

Thanks to Brett Womack & Womack Construction, structural engineer, Jim MacIntyre and NST engineering, plans were submitted to the County this winter. Facade renovation will begin this spring.

Upgraded Plans
I asked Mr. Womack and Mr. MacIntrye to modify our plans to include ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessibility in this early phase. Although we are not required to do so at this time, we would like to make the line of travel to entrance safer and more accessible for everyone. If you’ve been in our building you know what I’m talking about! This modification increases our first phase cost considerably but we believe it is worth the effort.

Accessibility will be improved by creating handicap parking, installing new drainage to reduce ice build-up, raising the current foyer floor and ceiling to diminish the steep grade from the street to the doors and the doors to interior. On either side of a new ticket booth we will add double doors with push-button entry.

Our costs are fantastic due to the generosity of Womack Construction. These improvements will cost us only $40,000, an amount that will also be applied to meet future ADA requirements. We were able to raise $5300 via a winter GoFundMe, but we are far from our needed goal in this final stretch before the spring façade construction. Again, accessibility accommodations are not required yet, but will be a credit to us in future phases of the remodel.

GoFundMe
The “MLT Handicapped and Elderly Expansion Spring 2017 GoFundMe” asks our community and theatre friends far and wide if they will help us meet these additional needs with their tax-deductible gifts.

Will you join us in donating any amount to make the theatre more accessible? For those who give $500 or more, you will be offered an engraved brick to be inlaid in the front entry floor terrazzo. Visit our GoFundMe website to make a donation.

Your brick purchase and donations will help us raise the $40k needed to:

· Add handicap parking
· Add ADA compliant double doors on each side of the ticket booth
· Push Button accessibility
· Improve the grade between the street and entry
· Create an Art Deco Terrazzo inlaid with engraved donor bricks
· Raise the original ceiling and entry floor to reduce grade
· Improve winter drainage

On behalf of the Mt. Lassen Theatre Committee, we can’t thank you enough for considering how you can financially help us build a venue for Visual and Performing Arts in the Lake Almanor Basin.

I personally cannot tell you what it means to me to have your support. Thank you!

Respectfully,

Gwen Meinhardt
Executive Director of Mt. Lassen Theatre
www.MtLassenTheatre.org

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Ricky Moffett
10 months ago

Is the Theatre - and surrounding area, part of the HUSA? Not sure I know where the boundaries are.

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$7,480 of $35,500 goal

Raised by 25 people in 15 months
Created November 18, 2016
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Todd & Tracy DuBord
9 months ago

Happy Birthday, friend!

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Sherilyn Schwartz
10 months ago

Not as much as some, but with luck other small donors will join me and help you reach your goal.

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Karen Haner
10 months ago

Can't wait to see the new theatre marquee gracing Main Street!

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10 months ago
Ricky Moffett
10 months ago

Is the Theatre - and surrounding area, part of the HUSA? Not sure I know where the boundaries are.

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