Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 24, 2013

Theater could have needed money by year's end

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — MANISTEE, AP) — Fundraising for a $2.4 million renovation of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee is nearing completion and could be reached by the end of the year, an organizer says.

More than $1.9 million of the $2.4 million needed to complete the restoration has been raised, said Steve Brower, chairman of the theater’s capital campaign and treasurer of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee, the nonprofit that owns and will operate it.

Among the funds was a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. One of the screens recently was dedicated as “Pure Michigan” in recognition of the state tourism and marketing program’s role in the project.

The theater’s other screening area seats 45 people. It has been dedicated as the “Oleson Family Theatre” in tribute to a $200,000 grant from the Traverse City-based Oleson Foundation.

“All of Michigan can be proud of what Manistee is achieving,” Finney said in the release. “The Vogue is the largest volunteer-led, community-driven initiative in the community’s history. It is a tremendous testimonial to the value of grass-roots activism in bettering our quality of life and economic well-being.”