The Skyline Theatre Project began in 2017, with the big idea that Pinedale once again needed a movie theater. Rather than building a brand new one, maybe we should renovate the old one. It is located right downtown in the locally designated historic district, on what was once the historic main street of Pinedale. The theatre is walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping, professional services, and residential.
Phase 1: Property Investigation and Purchase
The project began with kicking the tires! The Historic Architecture Assistance Fund, helped fund and hire a Historic Architect to review the buildings condition, prepare a preliminary renovation estimate, and determine whether it maybe a candidate to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was tested for asbesto’s within in-kind labor graciously donated by Jorgensen Associates. An appraisal was graciously prepared at discounted rate from Paul Rock Appraisals. Travis Bing (Greenwood Law/Bing Law( and Chase Harber (High Mountain Real Estate) kindly donated in-kind labor to develop real-estate contracts. Kurt Durrant from rkd retail/IQ prepared facade rendering alternatives free of charge.
Thanks to the Wyoming Community Foundation of Sublette and the Wyoming Arts Council, a business plan, preliminary programming, and fundraising materials were developed in collaboration with other community organizations.
In December 2018, the Project transferred from Main Street Pinedale to SGCI: Sublette Group for Community Initiative. We are grateful to Main Street Pinedale for all their preliminary work getting this project started!
We are very Grateful for all the support we have received exploring this idea!
Year of 2019 BUY IT!
SGCI seeks to raise $170,000 to purchase the theatre property ($160K) and write grants to fund the renovation ($10K). We will use funds raised towards the property purchase as match for a variety of grants to finance the renovation of the building.
Phase 2: Renovation
Once the building is purchased. SGCI will apply for numerous grants to put together a finance package to fund the renovation. Renovation includes building stabilization, re-roofing, removing the false facade, and interior remodeling back to an approximately 100 seat theatre auditorium with a small stage. Office space, a lobby, restrooms, and projection area are included. Depending upon the timing and amount of grants received, combined with the short building season, this phase will take several years to complete.
Phase 3: Open and Operational
SGCI will act as the fiscal sponsor for this project through property purchase and renovation. When the project reaches the operation phase a new non-profit will be established to specifically own and operate the theatre. In the operation phase, we have focused on a sustainable business model that is conservatively based on at least 4 days a week operation, creating full and part time jobs, generates a profit, and can operate without the need for supplemental grants.