Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

April 5, 2014

READER POINT OF VIEW: Goshen theater a worthy project

I don’t know how many of you reading this have some of the same fond memories I have or not about the Jefferson (now Goshen) and Lincoln Theater. Back in the day there wasn’t as much entertainment provided for young people as there is today, so we went to the movies about every Saturday afternoon.

The Lincoln Theater is gone and we can’t do anything about that, but we can support the saving of The Goshen Theater. The building itself needs to have a lot of work done on it. The current theater was built in 1907.

Many are probably not aware the theater is now being used by the Goshen Parks Department for many events, including zumba fitness classes, First Fridays events and many dance classes (including for children with special needs). First Baptist Church uses the theater for its Easter program, “The Power of His Love.” It will be April 17, 18 and 19 this year.

The theater having been built in 1907, of course, nothing is to code. Lighting, wiring, fire escapes and plumbing, to name a few, all need to be updated. It will be a lot of work to bring these things into compliance. The second floor has some offices and the third floor is a ballroom. An elevator will have to be put in, but the upper floors can be a good source of income.

Once this project is done, it can be a real showplace (no pun intended).

One of my fondest memories of when I was a youngster (a long time ago) was when my best friend and I would get a little extra money from our moms and we could go to the Olympia Candy Kitchen for a sandwich on the way to the theater. Those were the days!

My point is that those of us who grew up here or have lived here a long time should support this project. It isn’t how much we give, but that we give, if we can, to show our support for the project.

If we can bring some money in to help pay the utility bills, etc., while this job is being done, that would be a big help.

Any donations will be appreciated for this project, so if you feel you want to help, please send donations to Goshen Theater Inc., 234 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.

— Dixie Robinson is a Goshen City Councilwoman

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