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|Orpheum Head: Hiatus -- Not Cancellation -- of "Red Carpet Series"
|The head of Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre says suggesting that the theatre's "Red Carpet" Series has been cancelled is a bit premature.
Orpheum president Kate Francis says yes, the "Red Carpet" series won't be put on this fall, but she says as far as she's concerned, it's not cancelled -- rather, it's on hiatus depending on the outcome of the theatre's financial situation.
Francis tells WGIL average attendance for the series was up, but unfortunately, that's just not enough. "When an organization gets into a tight cash flow situation, and you're in an economic environment in which corporations have a difficult time in coming up with sponsorship monies, or we may find that individuals are having a difficult time coming up with contributed income for us at the end of the year, it doesn't make fiscal sense to put on shows for which we're taking a financial risk," Francis said.
Francis says the theatre's budget has been trimmed as much as it can currently, and that efforts to look at increasing revenue are continuing -- things like a federal economic stimulus program-funded grant that could help pay for heating and air conditioning upgrades to the theatre, which would be coupled with matching funds she's asking the City of Galesburg and the Knox County Board for.
That's in addition to meetings with local legislators in hopes of drumming up support for a law similar to ones for other cities that would allow for an increased property tax levy, which then could lead to a referendum where voters would set that levy.
(Orpheum Theatre. WGIL News File Photo.)
|06 25 09 by Newsroom
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