Campaign looks to help restore St. George Theatre
By Staten Island Advance
April 27, 2010, 8:20AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The St. George Theatre, the 80-year-old neighborhood movie house-turned-performance venue on Hyatt Street, is launching “500-for-500,” a fundraising campaign to underwrite its ongoing restoration.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Borough President James P. Molinaro will attend campaign kickoff, a cocktail reception May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the theater.
A not-for-profit cultural organization, the theater has already raised the lion’s share of a $1 million target figure, according to Doreen Cugno, executive director. An anonymous donor has agreed to match new donations dollar-for-dollar, she added.
Both borough foundations, the Staten Island Foundation and the Richmond County Savings Foundation, have signed on, with grants of $100,000.
“Ideally,” Ms. Cugno said, “500 people will come forward with $500 each.”
She has a to-do list of rehabilitation and repair projects. Among them are a new marquee and doors, new rigging and railings in the mezzanine.
Invisible to the audience, the rigging is the network of overhead wires, cables, catwalks and other structures. It permits the raising and lowering of scenery, curtains, decor, set pieces and performers. “Just for new rigging, we’re looking at about $800,000,” she said.