Garden City actors push for theatre renovations

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Garden City’s State Theatre was built in 1929 and it was closed down in 19-99 then began falling into disrepair.

Now, the historic building is being renovated in a big way.

Trevor Green can remember going to the state theatre as a kid before it closed down and now he’s doing his part to help keep the theatre alive by performing in its production of the “Odd Couple”.

“There’s a lot of people that just think that it’s run down and we don’t need it downtown, but there’s a huge entertainment factor that will go into this,” said Green.

The push to turn the theatre around came from Mark Pamplin.

“I think it’s going to happen, I have a true belief that this is why I’m here and this is going to get done,” said Pamplin.

His plan is to replace the traditional set up with a 400 seat theatre in the round.

Ultimately, he’d like to have a theatre company and even offer acting classes.

They’ll be gutting the entire inside to make room for the new theatre in the round as well as rehearsal areas and office space, but Pamplin said they will hold on to the historic marquee sign.

The renovations will cost an estimated $3 million, but before they can start raising the money, they need support from the community, so they’re putting on plays to gain an audience.

He says for now, the money they’re making off tickets goes toward production costs.

In the meantime, they’re hoping to attract big donors.

This weekend will be the last showing of the “Odd Couple.”

The theatre group is already in the process of planning productions for later this year and next year.

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