By Jordan Huether
It has been a big week for the Gordon Movie Theater. On Thursday and Friday of last week, the Albany 4-H club held a yard sale fundraiser to help the theater purchase seats, raising $632 for the cause. Then, Open Range Beef helped put on a meat sale and hamburger feed at the theater Saturday which raised another $9,400, putting the total for the week over $10,000.
A long line had already formed at the meat sale before the meat had even arrived at the scene. By noon, only two of the four cuts of organic, grass-fed beef remained. At the end of the day, every single piece was spoken for.
Thanks to the tremendous support received from these two events, and the hundreds of other donations received up to this point, the GCTI board was able to move forward with purchasing brand new rocker seats for the theater and a new high definition, laser driven digital projector. The theater will also be getting new surround sound speakers, a digital sound processor and a new screen.
Final cleaning from the demolition will be taking place in the next few weeks, followed by painting and installation of a drop ceiling in the front area. A new fire-suppression sprinkler system will be installed by Bob Dehn of Front Range Fire Protection, a $25,000 donation. Once final approval is given by the fire marshal, new acoustic ceiling tiles will be put in throughout the building and new LED lighting will be installed by Kratovil Electric.
Once all of the finishing touches are taken care of, the theater will be opened to the public. Because the official opening date depends on the timing of several outside factors, no specific date has been set. The GCTI board anticipates the doors to open somewhere between the end of July and early September 2017.