Although the theatre is not complete it was used during Storyfest for three storytelling sets. George West Chamber Director, Becky Allen said, “The inside of the theatre was beyond standing room only. I tried to go in and could barely squeeze in. All 75 chairs were taken and there were as many standing while the featured storytellers recounted their tales. We are looking forward to when we can open the rest of the theatre so that we can seat 300.”
The theatre renovations are close to completion but more work is needed before it can be opened to the public on a regular basis. Volunteer Lamon Bennett said we had to stop because we are out of money. However, the volunteers have come up with a plan to help raise the much needed funds. Volunteer, Virginia Horton said for a donation of $5000 or more, you can get a sidewalk star like they have in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Horton went on to say if an individual, organization or business donates $1000 they will become a “Special Star” and their name will be engraved on a special plaque and played in the foyer. For only $100 you can become a “Star” by buying a seat. Your name will be engraved on a plaque and placed in the foyer as well.
If you wish to be a star and donate, please make your check payable to: George West Theatre Renovation. Mail it to Mary Ann Pawlik, 183 CR 384 George West, TX 78022. Horton closed by saying the J. Frank Dobie Theatre is a 501 C 3 organization and donations are tax deductible.