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Lyric Theater support continues

By Staff | Dec 13, 2013

It hasn’t been easy, but the Lyric Theater is powering ahead with improvements thanks to contributions and volunteer hours of many in Rugby.

Updating the 357-seat movie theater has thrown challenges at the Friends of the Lyric, including maintenance on a 1922 vintage furnace. Johnson Plumbing had to look all over the U.S. to find obsolete parts for the 1980s control panel.

More than $100,000 has been raised for the Lyric.

“Nearly all of that has gone to updating the digital equipment and updating the electrical panels for service to accommodate that digital equipment because everything was 1922 vintage and parts of it still is,” said Sue Steinke, president of Friends of the Lyric.

“The first control panel didn’t work, but they found another one and then Mark Kuntz rewired it to make it work with everything else we have.”

The Pierce County Endowment fund recently donated $1,500 and the Tour of Homes also brought in more than $1,000. (An exact figure was unavailable at press time). The renovations aren’t cheap, but the project has grown into a community-wide endeavor.

“It really is,” Steinke said. “People have really given us a lot of support and we’re so grateful for it. All the volunteers that help every week and the projectionists, they deserve a huge pat on the back.”

Movies are shown on a weekly basis Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Those interested in volunteering can contact Holly at Holly’s Stitches and Crafts or any board member. Tax-deductible donations can be made through the North Dakota Community Fund with a memo to Friends of the Lyric. Checks also can be made out directly and addressed to Rugby P.O. Box 411.

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