Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 1, 2014

Renaissance Project raising funds and doing renovations

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Prep work and fundraising continue on a Mercer Street theater to continue to bring revitalization to downtown Princeton.

Lori McKinney, a Princeton Renaissance volunteer, said there are a lot of different things going on right now with the theater.

“Volunteers are removing the chairs to be restored, ripping out carpet, painting and working on other projects to prep for the building to be restored,” McKinney said.

Work parties are also being held each Friday at 4 p.m. for anyone to come out and help work on getting things ready, she said.

“Once the renovations are complete, the theater will be able to seat approximately 300 people,” McKinney said. “We are getting the chairs restored but will also be installing some new chairs.”

The upstairs of the building is also getting remodeled and will be used for office space, McKinney stated.

“It’s going to be an art deco style. The colors are blue to hearken back to the Princeton tradition of blue. Princeton’s colors are blue and white,” McKinney said.

“We still need to raise around $100,000, but we were awarded a grant from the Shott Foundation for $100,000 but we must match that amount to receive the grant,” McKinney said. “Hopefully we will be able to start work in about a year.”

When the renovation is complete, the hope is the building will be used for community activities such as movies, plays and other events.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com