I own two historic theater, the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL and the Majestic Theatre in Streator, IL. Both are in dire need of restoration. It is a long story how I came to this situation. Estimated costs are a million dollars each.
The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.
The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register.
I am seeking funding for both projects.
My business plan calls for working with the non profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry as a way to educate and create employment in the entertainment industry.
My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit. We will attract clients from a 50 plus mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story. We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies.
The National acts that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities. Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.
Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live. This is classic economic development.
Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry.
I am hopeful you see the benefits that I am proposing and help me find a way to fund the projects.
The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I will look forward to hearing any suggestions or opportunities you may have to offer.
I may be reached at
Katie Troccoli firstname.lastname@example.org of call or text 815-228-2058
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