Galesburg, IL - Renovation of Historic Galesburg Theater Gets Rave Reviews

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on March 21, 2017 at 12:35 am


From CBS St. Louis: The renovation of a more than 100-year-old theater in western Illinois is getting rave reviews.

The Register-Mail reports improvements to the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg have so far included a new sound system, stage curtains and a repaired roof.

Executive Director Kevin Maynard says he expects the rest of the repairs funded by a nearly $1 million capital campaign to be completed by next year, barring unexpected delays.

The vaudeville theater first opened in 1916.

Last year the Orpheum raised $920,000 through a capital campaign, exceeding its $850,000 goal. As of this week about $400,000 has been spent.

Maynard says many people are coming in and seeing the changes. He says they’re saying the renovations are “breathing new life into the building.”

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Im glad a renovation instead of demolition carried for this historic theater. Buildings such as these are really for the next generations to enjoy, theres a historic theater too near gold coast retaining walls in Australia, unfortunately it was demolished due only to the lack of funds for renovation, such a loss.

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