Why do we need your help?
On August 26, 2020 the Vista Theater in downtown Negaunee suffered a catastrophe when the roof over the auditorium collapsed. This disaster, in addition to coronavirus restrictions, has brought much of our normal income to a standstill as our organization has not been able to produce any events.
Where will your money go?
Your donation will assist us in the early stages of saving the Vista Theater. The fee for wall supports are speculated to cost $33,600 and another $30,800 is estimated to install temporary wall structures to preserve the stage and balcony areas. But before any of that can happen, debris from inside the structure would need to be removed at an anticipated cost of $31,400. These things MUST be done before winter this year. Any remaining funds raised will go toward the rebuilding of the roof, which will cost a minimum of $150,000 more.
What have we been doing?
We had done everything we could to avoid issues including : Roughly $5,000 in plumbing and furnace repairs in the last two years; nearly $30,000 in roof and wall repairs on the Annex building next to the theater.; about $15,000 in repairs to the stage roof in 2018; and around $25,000 was spent to recover the roof over the auditorium in 2004.
How did this happen?
An inspection by a noted local architectural firm revealed that a blocked roof drain combined with heavy rains were the culprit of this disaster. It was determined that the roof itself was not unstable and the structure would not have failed had it not been for the inclement weather. Prior to this incident, our organization has been working with a theater expert on a business plan including building renovations, repaired the roof above the stage, repaired the roof and north wall of the annex building and more.
What is our vision for the future?
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Vista Board sees a continuation and growth of the programming we have produced in the past. We envision a partnership with one or more local entities to use our newly developed business plan to build the Vista Theater better than it was before.