The REES Theatre Project offers to the city of Plymouth a unique opportunity to continue its revitalization efforts with the development of a year-round feature for community connection. The events offered at the theatre will help create a downtown that promotes pedestrian activity, hospitality business, and provides a destination for visitors and community members alike. Investment in The REES Theatre project offers the downtown a redevelopment project that is grounded in both sustainable development and community-centered growth. By anchoring the current progress with The REES Theatre project, the downtown revitalization of Plymouth, Indiana will better the overall quality of place and help us move forward in a systematic and synergistic manner that encompasses housing, goods and services - providing a vibrant community presence.
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Our goal is to secure $3,460,000 by fall 2019 from members of the community and beyond to stay on track for a 2020 grand reopening, which will be the 80th anniversary year for The REES Theatre.
We must raise $1.5MM of our $3.46MM goal by October 31, 2018 to receive a matching grant of $300,000 from the Regional Cities Initiative.
Once open, we anticipate the annual operating expenses to be $329,000 and we have developed a business plan based on projected, annual event revenues that will sustain its operation.
The Phases of Construction
Phase 1 (Exterior): this phase is complete and focused on improving the overall aesthetic quality of the theatre's Art Deco facade as well as efficient operation of the marquee. This improvement gives a nostalgic impact on the downtown Plymouth streetscape, including an opportunity to promote community events through a prominent signage point.
Phase 2 (Exterior): this phase focuses on the continuation of the exterior renovation and an overall revamping of the structural and utilitarian components of the theatre. Included in this phase are improvements to the roof, masonry, foundation, exterior HVAC units, water and fire protection service, electric service, and streetscape/connectivity. This phase will complete all the necessary repairs to the building envelope.
Phase 3 (Interior): this phase focuses on the redesign and restoration of the theatre's interior space for multi-purpose use. The theater will be brought up to code for all structural, mechanical/electrical components, and accessibility requirements. Additionally, the interior design will be reconfigured to allow for the utilization of the space in a variety of formats: event center (receptions, parties), live productions, seminars, and film presentation.
The auditorium is designed in tiers with flexible seating flanked by ADA compliant ramps, accommodating the following types of events:
- Theatrical / Live Performances
- Dinner Theater
- Speakers / Seminars
- Worship / Assemblies
- Weddings, Receptions and Reunions
- Film Presentation: seasonal themes, classics, intergenerational and multicultural selections
- Children’s Summer Theater Camps
- Interdisciplinary Events with Area Schools
- Technical Schools and Higher Education Programs
- Health and Wellness Programs
- Workforce Development / Job Training Site
- Corporate Training and Continuing Education
- Professional Development Workshops
- Community Leadership / Speaker Series
Auditorium Seating Capacity:
168 – 290
- Main Level – 2,451 sq. ft.
- Performance and film seating: 253
- Banquet seating, rectangular tables: 168
- Banquet seating, round tables: 126
- Stage Level Seating - 516 sq. ft.
- Banquet seating, rectangular tables: 24
- Banquet seating, round tables: 16
- Balcony Level - 522 sq. ft.
- Performance and movie seating: 38
- Banquet seating, rectangular tables: 26
- Balcony Level Restrooms and Drink Station
516 Square Feet
- Proscenium: 22 feet wide by 16 feet tall
- Stage Depth and Width at Center Stage: 20 feet by 29 feet
- Movie Screen: 22 feet wide by 14 feet tall
- LED/Green Screen: 28 feet wide by 16 feet tall
Acoustics, Sound, and Lighting
- Advanced Technology in Visual Projection and Digital Audio
- Acoustically Engineered Auditorium Space
- Sound and Lighting Control Booth
378 Square Feet
- Men’s and Women’s Dressing Rooms
- Wardrobe Room
- Performer’s Lounge and restroom
184 Square Feet
- Proofing Cabinets, stainless steel sinks and work surfaces
Concessions and Bar:
138 Square Feet
- Snack Food and Soft Drinks served facing the Lobby
- Alcoholic Beverages served facing the Auditorium
478 Square Feet
- Coat Check
Two ADA compliant restrooms
Restored Third Floor
- Art Deco inspired apartment with Roof Top Deck