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Take your seat...for a small price

By John Speer, Editor •

March 2, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - Maybe you had your first date at the Wieting Theatre in downtown Toledo. Or perhaps you saw your first movie on the big screen here.

It could be it was the first place you performed on stage in a live show.

Your chance to preserve a bit of that memory and help the renovation project for the historic building comes on Sunday, March 6. All the main floor and balcony seating will be up for sale.

The seats are priced right. See complete details in the advertisement on Page 3.

The Wieting was scheduled to shut down last Suinday night, Feb. 27, following a gala evening of free entertianment and a movie.

Work on the 99-year-old theatre is set to be underway and palns call for it to be closed until 2012.

A $1.1 million plus restoration project has been designed to preserve the Wieting for another 100 years.

Among the plans are some $275,000 in new wiring, new sound and projection equipment, new seating and a modern restroom addition to the building.

It is promised by the building commitee to make every effort to preserve the historic aspects of the building.

The lobby will be retrned to its original state and plans call for the interior walls and ceiling to be restored.

The work will also provide for better lighting and stage equipment to accommodate live performances.

The theatre was a gift to the residents of Toledo by Ella Wieting, a member of a Toleod pioneer family.

It was operated from 1912 until the mid-1950s when the doors closed.

In 1960 a community group, the Wieitng Theatre Guild, was formed. It has operated continuously for 51-years, relying on a volunteer group numbering more than 90 persons.

If you would like to contribute directly to the fund drive you may make a pledge to:

Toledo Community Theatre Guild - Capital Campaign - o/o Toledo Community theatre Guild, Amy R. Doyle, Bookkeeper, P.O. Box 387, Toledo IA 52342.

Donantions are still being sought to enhance the live performance capabilties of the theatre.

Article Photos

FOR SALE: About 300 theatret seats. Come and get em' on Sunday, March 6 at the Wieting Theatre.
Chronicle/John Speer



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