State Theatre Relocation Update PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 May 2012 06:19


Thanks again for your patience in this journey to downtown Kingsport.  In the midst of this waiting process, I found myself making frequent trips to Broad Street.  I have been reminded why I have missed being there so much.  The business owners and city workers have been very encouraging with their excitement about the State Theatre opening and our coming to be a part of their community.

We finally got word back from Citizen Bank (Rogersville) that the offer of $350,000 was accepted.  They had a roofer come and make the necessary repairs on the building before they signed the offer.  We are grateful.

We are appreciative for those of you who have been so generous in giving toward our building fund.  We have raised over $270,000 in pledges which will be given over the next 2 years. We have only $80,000 to go on the purchase price of the building.

Cindy Martin, Venture Director on our Executive Board, is currently pursuing the best options and financing products available from local banks and lending institutions.  We felt that the floating interest rate (offered by Citizens Bank) might not be the best option for us.  We are praying for God to give us direction and discernment as we pursue financing.

We will be holding another Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd at LampLight Theatre in Fall Branch for our volunteers and for those who currently feel connected to the theatre.  We will be giving updates and insight on our fundraising event for renovations.  We want to keep our LampLight family as informed as possible on everything we know at this point.

We are currently looking for commercial contractors who are interested in putting in bids for the renovation process so that we can better determine the full cost of renovations on the State Theatre.  We have had a couple of contractors to step forward who are experienced in specific areas of commercial construction.  We are going to need others as well.  We are praying for God to send contractors who have a heart for ministry and community and understand why we are doing this.  We have to keep the cost down in order to keep our focus on our existing ministry in the forefront. Our heartbeat is people first and not just building facilities.  If you know of contractors that might be interested in placing a bid, please contact us as soon as possible at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our office at (423) 245-1551.

We will be hosting a fundraising event at the Downtown Kingsport Association on Main Street in Kingsport on June 9th, 2012 from 7pm until 9pm for anyone interested in giving toward the renovations of the State Theatre.  At that time, we hope to have a goal amount based on the contractors’ bids.  The evening will consist of a presentation of all renovations that will need to be made.  Different stations will be set-up for people to contribute toward the areas in which they are interested.  No donation is too small.  From purchasing a vintage theatre chair, to financing the building of an office, to buying toilet fixtures, we are trusting for people to give toward the areas of their best interest.  We will be providing hors d'oeuvres and refreshments for all in attendance.  This will be a drop-in event and everyone is welcome.

Even though this is a public event, we will be sending out personal invitations to potential donors who have been passed onto us.  We are praying that God will send individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches who share our vision of seeing the State Theatre re-opened with quality, family entertainment.  If you know of anyone who you would like to receive an invitation to this fundraising event, please contact our office by Tuesday, May 29.  This will allow us time to send out their invitation for the event.

Again, we have been overwhelmed by the ongoing public interest and support.  We have been humbled by the encouragement and contributions that have been made thus far.  We still have a huge task ahead of us.  We would like to be in the State Theatre by our 2012 Christmas Season this year.  This rests entirely on God’s will and the generosity of His people and this community.  We will need to raise the support for the renovations pretty quickly in order to complete the renovations and occupy the State Theatre by Christmas.

We trust there are people out there with the same heart as ours.  We are believing for God to allow us to come together to see a miraculous dream come true.  Please be in prayer with us and for us as we continue this process.  We are extremely excited, but a bit overwhelmed by the task that has been entrusted to us.

We are currently accepting pledges/donations for the Building Fund and donations for the Renovation Fund for the State Theatre.  All donations are tax-deductible.  You can give by calling (423)245-1551 or by clicking here.




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