Donations key to restoring theater
Association hopes to add 600 to 700 seats and 16,000 square feet.
By Amber Riippa, Contributing Writer 8:33 AM Thursday, February 18, 2010
FAIRBORN — The bid to restore one of Fairborn’s famed buildings will depend on whether the group leading the effort can receive enough money in grants and private donations during the next few months.
During its heyday, the Fairborn Theater closed once — in 1973 for renovation.
Carol Baugh, president and historian of the Fairborn Performing Arts and Cultural Association, said the theater finally closed in 2000 because of lack of business. The theater was donated to the association in 2002 by its original owners, the Chakeres family.
“The building is in need of a total renovation. I mean, it was built in ’48,” Baugh said.
The Chakeres family owned a chain of movie theaters, and the Fairborn location marked its 47th theater when it opened on Jan. 27, 1948.
Renovation plans have been under way since the association assumed control of the theater.
Baugh said their plans are to add about 600 to 700 seats and an additional 16,000 square feet.