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Consultant hired for downtown theater restoration

By Anna Oakes (

Article Published: Mar. 1, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 6, 2012
Consultant hired for downtown theater restoration

The finance committee for the group working to save the Appalachian Theatre has recommended the hiring of Whitney Jones Inc. to lead a campaign survey for fundraising efforts.

The Winston-Salem-based firm, founded in 1981, has “worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to develop and implement successful fundraising plans that have raised more than $400 million,” according to its website.

Whitney Jones will be paid $25,000 for the initial survey, which will be funded entirely from donations and not from public or downtown property tax dollars, said Pilar Fotta, downtown development coordinator for the town of Boone.

The hire must be approved by the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) board of directors.

The town of Boone purchased the Appalachian Twin, a movie theatre built in 1938, in a foreclosure sale late last year for $624,000. The town agreed to front the money for the purchase to the DBDA, which has three years to repay the town. The DBDA is creating a new nonprofit organization to manage the theatre and raise the funds necessary for the building’s restoration.

The DBDA and Appalachian Theatre group presented its first payment for $11,675 to the Town of Boone at a Boone Town Council meeting Feb. 21, which was earlier than scheduled. Fotta reported the Appalachian Theatre group was able to raise $35,200 during its first quarter of existence.

The Appalachian Theatre group’s next meeting will take place Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m.

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