Flagler Theatre Projector Fund: I am sending this donation in memory of my Grandpa Clarence and Grandma Nora Wright, who built the Grand Theater, and it opened in 1930. It was the largest and most beautiful building in Kit Carson County. Everene was their daughter. I am the granddaughter, Helen Mae “Fruhling” Lewis. I grew up in the Theater , first ushering and then selling popcorn and later selling tickets. Grandma told me I was the best ticket girl of all. I was very good at making change. When my Grandma took her portable skating rink to Ogallala, Nebraska, and other towns to make money and keep the Theater operating, I ran the Theater. After Grandpa was killed in his truck in 1936, Grandma ran the Grand Theater until she was 85 years old.
Grandma's Skating Rink: The portable skating rink was large with a canvas cover on the top and sides. The sides were rolled up and cars would park and watch the skaters. The rink was located north of the Congregational Church. The Theater seats were stacked against the walls and this made it available for roller skating and dances, “live music” and high school plays and graduation. My class of 1945 was on the stage at the theater to receive our diplomas. I do hope the shows will continue and the Theater Building will be used for many years in the future. January 29, 2014 Helen Mae “Fruhling” Lewis.
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And many, many more who donated anonymously, those who donated to The Show Must Go On auction, those who bought items or attended the auction. And last, but not least, for all who supported with words of encouragement or offers to help.
We, at the Flagler Theatre are overwhelmed at the support from the community, past and present, to help us reach our goal of a new projector.
This was made possible by all of you. Because of this support and commitment from the community, the Flagler Theatre was able to reopen June 6-8, with digital equipment. (Really didn't know that movies came closed caption, however, until one was loaded and shown that weekend. :) )
Please continue to watch this page. Now that Phase I (equipment) has been completed, the theatre moves into the next phase of working on the auditorium and seats.