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Historic West Bend Theatre's Fundraiser:

Restore & Renovate the Historic West Bend Theatre

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THE STORY:

Prologue: The year is 1929. Our scene opens in front of a historic theatre in bustling, downtown West Bend with horse carriages, horses and downtown shoppers.    The Historic West Bend Theatre is busy hosting travelling vaudeville acts and silent movies. Then comes the advent of “moving pictures” followed by “talkies” in the year 1934. From then on, the historic West Bend Theatre continues to show modern films and movies until 2006 when it closed down.


We need your help to bring our Historic West Bend Theatre back to life!  
Citizens young and old from West Bend may have fond memories of watching movies with family and friends, listening to the resounding organ, sharing popcorn with a sweetheart or even recall a first kiss in our historic downtown West Bend Theatre.  The Theatre is an icon, an architectural treasure and a shared community memory that we can work together to revive. 


Imagine:

  • A Full menu of live theatre, art performances, cabaret, old movies
  • Refreshments and a bar
  • A Historic Museum of Memories
  • A Live Entertainment venue for all ages
  • A flourishing partner to invigorate downtown West Bend

Historic West Bend Theatre Inc (HWBT), a 501c3 organization has an 11 person board and executive committee with a fully-featured and diverse skill set. We have completed a business plan and a frugal operating budget. We have brought on world-class theatre architect, Scott Georgeson, who has restored more than 200 historic theatres in the area including the Schauer Center.

Join our cast of over a thousand “save the historic West Bend theatre” supporters and help us purchase and restore the building. 


 Goal: Raise $100, 000 to purchase, renovate, restore, and preserve the iconic 1929 West Bend Theatre, a centerpiece of downtown West Bend.   


Every film, each audience member, in any decade, who came through this wonderful landmark tells an important story. The West Bend theatre has nearly nine decades of history. Generations of experiences, conversations, laughter, tears, joy, fear, entertainment – history – have occurred in this building. What remains of this history is the building.” Chris Yogerst, assistant professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin – Washington County and is the author of From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$52,850

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mark Hoefert

    $50

  • Dave & Jean Gardipee

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Steven Kissinger

    $50

  • Mark and Tina Thull

    $50

  • Terry A. Becker

    $50

  • Jay P Dengel

    $25

  • Scott Hammer

    $1,000

  • Sara Bertram

     

  • Nora Bertram

     

  • Stephen Roberts

    $25

  • Eric Beltmann

    $50

  • Laura Hillman Mitchell

    $100

  • S Feldstein

     

  • Sally Bertram

    $50

  • Kristin Bayer and Paul Price

     

  • Charlie and Gaytha Hillman

    $250

  • Jed Dolnick

     

  • Jill Schladweiler

    $25

  • Lindsey VanderWielen

    $25

  • Farmers Market

    $255

  • Anonymous

    $50,000

  • curt enderle

    $500

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53% Raised of $100,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $52,850 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Historic West Bend Theatre

Amount Raised

$51,025

 

51% Raised of $100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brooke Novaczyk

Amount Raised

$1,000

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Laura Mitchell

Amount Raised

$700

 

1% Raised of $100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Barry Bertram

Amount Raised

$125

Fundraiser Title

CAROLINE TORINUS

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Nicholas Novaczyk

Amount Raised

$0

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Ric Hartman

Amount Raised

$0

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Scott Hammer

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

curt enderle

curt enderle

DONATION: $500

thank you for seeing what a gem west bend was neglecting - much success to you 2 days ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $50,000

3 weeks ago

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

DONATION: $255

3 weeks ago

Lindsey VanderWielen

Lindsey VanderWielen

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Jill Schladweiler

Jill Schladweiler

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Jed Dolnick

Jed Dolnick

2 months ago

Charlie and Gaytha Hillman

Charlie and Gaytha Hillman

DONATION: $250

In Tribute to Beautiful Downtown West Bend 2 months ago

Kristin Bayer and Paul Price

Kristin Bayer and Paul Price

So glad you're bringing this treasure back to life! 2 months ago

Sally Bertram

Sally Bertram

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

S Feldstein

S Feldstein

2 months ago