All proceeds from the Sock Hop will benefit the Russell Theater. The outside marquee and lobby are finished and beautiful. Everything is back to the original colors and even the new carpet is almost an exact match with the old. New restrooms have been installed. The greatest task of all will be restoring the auditorium to its original grandeur.The interior of the auditorium is in horrible condition, but enough is left to restore the same colors and style. The theater has a new roof so no more leaks!
Many are excited that once the restoration is completed there will be state of the art projection equipment, sound system, unique lighting, a large screen and equipment to do simulcast productions from major cities. Plans are to use it for cartoons for kids on Saturdays, movies, sports and lecture simulcasts and movie marathons.
The time for completion is still unknown. The funds raised to complete this project will determine the date it will be ready for use. The cost to complete this endeavor is in excess of $1 million.