Liberty Theatre awarded $100,000 for restoration

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2018

LA GRANDE, OREGON – The Liberty Theatre Foundation was awarded $100,000 by Travel Oregon this week to continue restoring the historic downtown theater.

The grant for the Liberty Theatre was one of 12 in its category to go toward projects that represent Travel Oregon’s vision of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.”

Travel Oregon’s grant award joins other recent large awards – the Oregon Community Foundation awarded the theater $20,000 in May and in 2017 was awarded $200,000 from the Oregon Arts Commission via a competitive legislative process. Liberty Theatre has also received recent funding from the Wildhorse Foundation ($7,500), James F. Miller Foundation ($20,000), Northwest Farm Credit Services ($1,500), and Union County Cultural Enrichment ($500) over the past year.

These grant dollars are really wonderful for our organization and the community we intend to serve when we reopen the theater,” said Michael Jaeger, Liberty Theatre Board Chairman.

“This Travel Oregon grant award is pivotal in the progress of the Liberty Theatre towards a state of utility. Final plans adhering to Historical standards are being completed. The next work phase of restoration is commencing in early August, 2018, and Liberty can now plan further ahead to complete the project. This is a huge boost to the Liberty effort. Thank you, Travel Oregon!”

The Liberty Theatre Foundation is working to restore and operate the Theatre as a performing arts center, providing cultural and educational experiences. The non-profit organization envisions a vibrant community where people come together to experience great art, culture, and entertainment in an accessible, sustainable, and historic venue.

Additional Board Comments:

The $100,000 is not designated, which is a blessing, as things are fluid right now, so having flexibility makes it so much better and effective. This is part of the overall Phase III budget to bring the Theatre to a state of utility. The Travel Oregon grant award was the perfect amount at the perfect time.

The August work is to finish asbestos removal and final demolition. The final plans for the construction permit are days from completion, and then a permit can be applied for to move ahead with final restoration and operation. We are moving into the finish lap after many years of hard work.