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Comedy night kicks off theatre fundraising

Feather Publishing
6/22/2011

Plumas Arts invites Town Hall Theatre fans to come laugh it up in support of the theatre at the Cole Young & Friends benefit Saturday, June 25.

Thanks to the support and activity of many interested individuals and groups, the Town Hall Theatre will be getting some long overdue attention. “It all started with a $1,200 grant that the FRC SIFE program won from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation,” said Roxanne Valladao, director of Plumas Arts and Town Hall Theatre manager since 2003.

“My (Plumas Arts) board and I have spent the last several years seeking grants and funding for the Town Hall Theatre to do major renovations to address a multitude of needs for the facility. For a while we had dreamed of adding a second story to the building and moving Plumas Arts in upstairs so that all of our operations could be housed in a single location.”    But after two years of searching out leads and making applications with the help of several experienced grant writers, Plumas Arts decided to deal with more manageable goals.

“At one point a couple of years ago, the folks at the Quincy Chamber mentioned that we really needed to think about painting the building. I had told them then that we had so many greater needs that paint just was not on the priority list.” Well now painting has moved to the top of the list of what is achievable.

After the SIFE students won the grant, Plumas Arts approached the building owner, the Townhall Association, about replacing the doors and restoring the tile to the box office as part of the project. Then Sierra Pacific Industries was asked for the wood that would be needed to custom make replacement doors. “It is particularly meaningful to have the doors made of wood harvested from our local forest and milled at Sierra Pacific,” said Valladao.

The Town Hall Theatre has survived 75 years in the current facility because generations of Quincy residents have made this a much-loved, well-supported movie theatre and community gathering place for all kinds of events. Many people have also answered the call on numerous occasions for renovation work and repairs. Another rally to support is on the horizon.

SIFE students recently orchestrated the purchase of paint and painting supplies at Lowe’s. Replacement tile for the box office has been special ordered. Prepping for paint began June 15. SIFE students and members of Plumas Arts and the Quincy Chamber will begin painting shortly thereafter. Facade paint should be completed by mid-July. It is hoped that all the planned work will be completed in time for the 2011 Fair Parade.

The Comedy Night benefit June 25 is the kick-off for a two-year $75,000 fundraising campaign to rebuild the marquee and the old Art Deco style Town Hall Theatre so that the theatre may celebrate its 75th birthday restored to its former glory.

The organizer for the comedy night is Cole Young. Young grew up in Quincy. He has been living in Los Angeles for the last 25 years where he has performed and starred in more than 20 different stage plays, appeared several times on national television and has performed stand-up in comedy clubs around the country. Young has become known for his unique take on his — and everyone else’s — life. Anyone who knew his father might say that “the acorn does not fall too far from the tree.”

Cole Young is the son of Stanley “Spike” Young. In addition to being a local celebrity, “Spike” was for many years president of the Townhall Association. It was his desire that the theatre tower be replaced, so in many ways this effort is a tribute to him.

The evening’s comedy presentation will be in good taste, but intended for those age 18 and older. Tickets are $20 each in advance. Buy them at Quincy Natural Foods or Plumas Arts. Call 283-3402 or go online for tickets and information. Visit plumasarts.org and click on Cole Young & Friends Comedy Night. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be $25 at the door.

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