October 2018 Newsletter

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HWBT Presentation Dazzles City Council!

January 24th, 2017

A presentation was made last night to the West Bend City Council. The story of the old theatre and action items driving the momentum of the renovation project was discussed.  The crowd for Scott Georgeson's dazzle, and dazzle he did with slides showing how the theatre could be repurposed, not only for classic films, but events such as music, live performances, wedding receptions and corporate events.


Five of our newly nominated directors witnessed the show!! And many enthusiastic Facebook ‘Friends’ attended the meeting eager to see what’s in store for the grande dame, our iconic West Bend Theater.


The sneak peek through the theatre with Scott Georgeson prior to the Council meeting for the newbies (nominated directors) captivated and captured them. He really had a way of inspiring the small, interactive group.


Stay tuned for more exciting developments! We will share video of the presentation when it becomes available.

January 18th, 2017

Theatre Restoration Project Accelerates – The groundswell of support for turning the community’s iconic theatre into a multi-use arts and gathering venue is taking shape. We are expanding the board and we are expanding our long list of supporters. Community reaction has been almost completely positive toward restoration.


Incorporation Coming Soon – HWBT has applied for non-profit corporation status. It is expected to be routinely approved in the near term. Once approved, donations to the cause will become tax deductible.


Historic Building Designation – One of our task forces applied to the Wisconsin Historical Society to qualify the West Bend Theatre as a historical structure. Its catalyst is our architect, Scott Georgeson, who is versed in the application process and is guiding us along.


Building Feasibility Study -- Georgeson has been retained to do Phase II of the architectural evaluation. His Phase I renderings have met with very positive feedback, so HWBT Inc. decided to go ahead with Phase II, which digs deeper and comes up with price ranges for the various options for the restoration.


Cast of One Thousand – Our growing list of supporters in the community is closing in on 1000 names between Facebook and support petitions. This group will be able to help with guidance, volunteering, possible membership fees and audiences for events. Can it become a “cast of thousands?” We believe so.


Classic Movies: First Choice – A recent survey/petition conducted in front of the theatre drew 300 respondents. We ran out of petition sign-up sheets. The most popular suggested uses, among many, were classic movies. It would be a good revenues source, but would need lots of volunteers like the Rivoli in Cedarburg. Anyone know how to make popcorn?