The Radio Room, a restaurant and bar in the Alberta Arts District, is helping to preserve the Alberta Rose Theatre, which has less than a month to raise a total of $300,000 to secure financing to purchase the building at 3000 N.E. Alberta St.
Radio Room, 1101 N..E. Alberta St., will donate $1 for every specialty drink sold through Sept. 1, said Joseph Cawley, who began arranging musical and other events in the theater in 2010. He started a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the building.
Earlier this year, Cawley sent an email to ticket buyers and other supporters: “The Rose very suddenly has the opportunity to purchase the building to ensure a home for the arts FOREVER!”
Financing is being arranged through the Premier Community Bank, Cawley said, but funding is due Sept. 1.
The building opened as the Alameda Theatre for movies in 1927. The name eventually became the Alberta Theatre, where young viewers saw Saturday matinees of cowboy and comedy films while other movies were featured in the evenings.
The movie theater continued until 1978, when a church began holding services in the building. The congregation had moved by the time Cawley started organizing arts programming seven years ago.