Arts Council of Thayer County (ACT)ACT (Arts Council of Thayer County) is a volunteer nonprofit group that was formed to operate the Majestic Theatre as a community theatre. This board of 16 dedicated Thayer County residents plans to continue on and promote film and other performing and fine arts in Thayer County.
Second Cinema Opening Soon
In November you may have seen some exciting things happening at the Majestic Theater as Volunteers helped clean the 140 seats for the 2nd Cinema. But after that things seemed to get kind of quiet, but exciting things have been happening inside. A stage was built, the floor was painted, stage lights and sound systems were installed, and soon the carpet will be laid. The 2nd cinema is about to open and be ready to show digital movies thanks to a large donation to the Arts Council of Thayer County (ACT).
The projector will arrive sometime the end of February and will be installed shortly afterwards. Starting in March movie goers can expect to see two feature films being shown each weekend, with movies starting at staggered times. The 2ndCinema will also allow ACT to host different educational and performing arts programs as a stage, better lighting, and a sound system designed for speakers have been included in the remodeling project.
ACT is planning to host a grand opening celebration when the 2nd cinema is complete so watch the marquee for details about this event.
ACT was founded in October, 2012 when the theatre's owners announced that they would have to close due to lack of funds. Because the film industry is requiring all theatres to transition to digital from 35mm, many small theatres are closing. The cost of digital projectors ranges from $50,000 to $100,000. After the announcement, a handful of members of the Thayer County Economic Development Alliance came together to begin fundraising for the digital equipment.
The group immediately decided to form a nonprofit to promote the arts in Thayer County. ACT became incorporated in March, 2013. That month they began managing the theatre which involved learning how to run the 35mm projector and all other aspects of the business. Since then all operations and renovations have been done by generous and committed volunteers dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Majestic for the entertainment and education of Thayer County residents and visitors.
Fundraising continues. Plans are underway now to eventually, purchase another digital projector for the second cinema.
The Arts Council of Thayer County meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - please contact us for exact time and place. Some meetings may be cancelled during the holidays, so please email us to check.
ACT has an elected a board of directors from the group of volunteers that meet monthly.
President – Crystal Fangmeier firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President – Carlece Kenner
Secretary – Tamara Deepe
Treasurer – Deb Craig
Directors - Kurk Wiedel, Kathy Retzlaff, Lloyd Van Cleef, Marion Van Cleef,
JD Anderson, Jana Tietjen, Jackie Haller, Steven Delay, Rita Luongo, Eric Hopkins
Ranae Hintz, Collin Fink, Kristy Lukert
Team Leaders - Crystal Fangmeier, Tamara Deepe, Kurk Wiedel, Kathy Retzlaff, Carlece Kenner, Lloyd Van Cleef, Marion Van Cleef, Jana Tietjen, Jackie Haller, Steven Delay, Rita Luongo, Eric Hopkins, Kristy Lukert
Tech & Projectionists - JD Anderson, Rick Hintz, Robert Landsmann