Photo by Laurie Chapman
A committee has developed in Kooskia and offered to purchase the Opera House from Mike and Marcia Graves. The cultural committee hopes to revitalize the theatre, as well as use the facility as a cultural, performing arts and event center.
As of Friday, March 31, 2017
KOOSKIA A group dedicated to preserving a historic performing arts center in Kooskia finds themselves under the gun to raise necessary funding. A community meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Kooskia 100F.
The Old Opera House cultural committee has until June 1 to raise $199,000 to purchase the building from Mike and Marcia Graves. However, committee member Gloria Taylor said $500,000 is the total funding needed to restore and reopen the structure.
Taylor said there are maintenance issues and a bit of renovation required before the Opera House could be up and running once again.
“Community response has been very positive,” Taylor said. “I think for a lot of people it is a bit of a mystery to this place. There’s very few people who know what this facility looks like.”
Taylor’s goal is to allow the community the opportunity to “know the magic.”
Part of sharing information with the public is through this community meeting. Any interested in revitalizing the historic and cultural site is invited to ask questions and bring ideas to the meeting.
Those interested in contributing to the cultural committee can contact Taylor at 983-0314 or Cindy Lane at 983-3875.