To enhance the arts community within the Nebraska Panhandle by preserving the historic Midwest Theater for present and future generations and nurturing a lively community through the presentation of:
To foster and drive a thriving, diverse arts and culture community for all residents of the greater Nebraska Panhandle via four core priorities:
Friends of the Midwest Theater (FMT) is a group of concerned citizens of the area that joined together to help operate activities at the theater, to raise funds, and implement renovations. FMT has the responsibility of fundraising, organizing, planning, and administering the operations of the theater.
FMT was established in the fall of 1998 with the help of Oregon Trail Community Foundation. We received our non-profit 501(c)(3) status in March 2000. The FMT consists of a 19 member Board of Directors. Our board members and volunteers come from around the region, and one representative from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.
All duties in the theater are covered by volunteers, from concession work to fundraising, and marketing. We have successfully run the theater since November 1998. FMT’s operational costs come from movies, concessions, sponsors and memberships.
Oregon Trail Community Foundation (OTCF)’s goals and mission are to help preserve our past, serve as a catalyst for special projects in the area, and support projects in Scotts Bluff County and Goshen County.
OTCF came forward and accepted the donation of the Historic Midwest Theater in 1997 so that this building would be preserved for future generations. The theater was closed for approximately 2 years when Friends of the Midwest Theater was organized with the help of OTCF and now leases the building to Friends of the Midwest Theater for $1.00 per year.
Community Development Manager
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