A Success Story: Tybee Post Theater, Georgia
That was then
On October 21, 1944, the U.S. War Department declared Fort Screven, Georgia surplus. In 1945, the town of Savannah Beach acquired the property containing 138 acres and 279 buildings. Among them was the Post Theater.
This is now
The Tybee Post Theater generates revenue with a combination of scheduled performances, facility rental, memberships, donations, fundraising, merchandise, and concessions. Tybee Island has seasonal population variation since it is a tourist destination, but the theater actively promotes community participation and involvement. Since many military personnel and families over the years enjoyed their free time watching movies, the theater sells 4×8 bricks ($100) and 12×12 stone stars ($350), engraved with names for commemorations that pave the walkways.
Why it matters
The Niagara Post Theater will expand on this model since our primary objective is to offer quality live theater productions in a professional environment and offer instruction to individuals in performance and theatrical skillsets. The theater will offer a platform to teach and promote excellence in public speaking, self-esteem, confidence, group participation, and personal skills.
Initially, consideration was made to convert the historical cold storage facility in Youngstown, NY, but the scope and degree of interest rendered it too costly and optimistic for timely completion.
All was not lost!
The Cold Storage Project established the framework and scope for a multi-use theater project. When the Fort Niagara Post Theater was proposed, much of the Cold Storage planning and organization were already in place to seriously consider Post Theater location.
Residents who have lived in this area their entire lives and visited Fort Niagara have expressed a strong desire to have the theater restored for public use. Many have shared fond memories of going there and watching movies until it closed in 1963.