Built in 1921, the Historic Hemet Theatre is one of the oldest movie houses in the country. If you have ever stepped inside, you know that it is also one of the most charming old theaters that you have ever seen. But historic preservation is just one piece of the story. In creating a dynamic community arts center, the Foundation is enriching the quality of life in the valley through the arts, and helping to revitalize Hemet’s Historic Downtown District.
The Century Club was created to raise the funds needed to renovate the Historic Hemet Theatre. Much of the work will be done in time for the 100th Birthday Celebration in 2021!
Members of the CENTURY CLUB pledge to donate at least $500 over 4 years to ensure that this treasured valley landmark will continue it’s heritage of service to our community for our children and our grandchildren to enjoy.
The CENTURY CLUB has already provided funding for:
– A lobby renovation, based on 1940’s photos with an Art Deco flair. The new design includes elegant new plaster and paint, custom designed carpet and a modernized concession stand for classic concessions and ice cold beverages
– Installation of new projection system, upgraded stage lighting and a complete set of concert speakers
– Infrastructure repair, including roof reinforcement, water pipe replacement
In partnership with the historic preservation experts at Thirtieth Street Architects in Newport Beach, the Foundation had created a renovation plan that blends the history and charm of the past, with the latest technology for 21st century venues.
CENTURY CLUB donors will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the theatre lobby as well as special recognition for the centennial year, including in exterior signage and show announcements. Donors will also be invited as special guests for the 100th birthday celebrations in 2021. Enrollment form available below:
For more information on joining the CENTURY CLUB, call or stop by the Ticket Office (951) 658-5950.
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