By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
A new marquee, based on the original design, has been installed at the historic Hollywood Theatre, and now the entertainment-educational organization is seeking new members.
“This new marquee will be a great addition to the community and help the theater recapture its former glory as a cultural icon in Portland,” said Doug Whyte, the executive director. “Now all we need are more members to support the theater and help us continue to improve this beautiful historic building as well as provide unique events, entertainment and youth education.”
Memberships start at $30 for seniors and students, $45 for friends, $70 for a dual membership and climb in categories to $1,000 for visionaries. Benefits include discounted ticket prices, some free events, guest passes at some levels and free popcorn at certain levels.
Information is at www.hollywoodtheatre.org/
The new, illuminated sign is the latest in theater improvements, Whyte said. The historic structure also has new auditorium seats, digital projection systems, screens and sound systems. A fresh coat of paint was applied inside and outside by volunteer Joel Hamberg.
Grants to pay for the marquee came from the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Kinsman Foundation and the Faerie Godmother Family Fund. Business donors include Neil Kelly, Popina Swimwear, Barran Liebman LLC, Whole Foods, Burnside Brewing and others, Whyte said. Organizations include Hollywood Boosters and Hollywood Neighborhood Association. More than 1,100 people donated to a Kickstarter campaign.