Arts Council of Thayer County (ACT)
ACT (Arts Council of Thayer County) is a volunteer nonprofit group that was formed to operate the Majestic Theatre as a community theatre. This board of dedicated Thayer County residents who plan to continue on and promote film and other performing and fine arts in Thayer County.
ACT was founded in October, 2012 when the theatre's owners announced that they would have to close due to lack of funds. Because the film industry is requiring all theatres to transition to digital from 35mm, many small theatres are closing. The cost of digital projectors ranges from $50,000 to $100,000. After the announcement, a handful of members of the Thayer County Economic Development Alliance came together to begin fundraising for the digital equipment.
The group immediately decided to form a nonprofit to promote the arts in Thayer County. ACT became incorporated in March, 2013. That month they began managing the theatre which involved learning how to run the 35mm projector and all other aspects of the business. Since then all operations and renovations have been done by generous and committed volunteers dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Majestic for the entertainment and education of Thayer County residents and visitors.
Fundraising continues. Plans are underway now to eventually, purchase another digital projector for the second cinema.
The Arts Council of Thayer County meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - please contact us for exact time and place. Some meetings may be cancelled during the holidays, so please email us to check.