A commercial that will encourage voters to “Vote Yes For Park Theatre” was filmed this week. It will air on BLTV between now and the Nov. 6 election.
“We want to encourage people to vote for Park Theatre,” Park Theatre Group president Sandra Haynes said during filming on Tuesday. “We thought a commercial would be a fantastic way to do that.”
The commercial will feature prominent people in the community, local children, and a flash mob.
“We have been encouraging people to come to the Park Theatre,” she said of the gathering Tuesday at 4 p.m. “It will be the first flash mob in the city’s history, if we can pull it off.”
Park Theatre was placed on the November ballot as a referendum by McMinnville officials. City residents will be voting on spending up to $2 million in property tax revenue on renovation of the building.
If renovation is complete, future plans for the facility include using it as the venue for local events such as live performances. The building could be rented for both public and private activities, such as weddings, reunions, dance recitals, concerts, school functions, etc.
Park Theatre was opened to the public in 1939 by Cowan Oldham, who spent $50,000 constructing what was considered to be the most modern building and movie theater of its kind. It closed in 1986.
For more than a decade, Park Theatre Group leased the building from the city in an effort to renovate it. The group is now working in conjunction with city officials toward that endeavor as private fundraising is not nearly enough to foot the bill for restoration.