ACT (Arts Council of Thayer County) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity group that was formed to operate the Majestic Theatre as a community theatre. This board of dedicated Thayer County residents plans to continue on and promote film and other performing and fine arts in Thayer County.
ACT is now able to support other arts programs in Thayer County. If you would like to be considered, please complete this form.
Their first goal was to raise enough money to replace the outdated 35mm projector. By May, 2013, their dreams came true and the digital projector was installed. Renovation included new seats, new wall coverings and a new sound system.
The restoration of the cinemas was a huge success for this community. Thanks to the amazing outpouring of funds and time, the new cinemas are comfortable and clean, the movies are up-to-date, the sound system is fantastic and the audio / visual experience is second-to-none!
ACT was founded in October, 2012 when the theatre’s owners announced that they would have to close due to lack of funds. Because the film industry is requiring all theatres to transition to digital from 35mm, many small theatres are closing. The cost of digital projectors ranges from $50,000 to $100,000. After the announcement, a handful of members of the Thayer County Economic Development Alliance came together to begin fundraising for the digital equipment.
The group immediately decided to form a nonprofit to promote the arts in Thayer County. ACT became incorporated in March, 2013. That month they began managing the theatre which involved learning how to run the 35mm projector and all other aspects of the business. Since then all operations and renovations have been done by generous and committed volunteers dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Majestic for the entertainment and education of Thayer County residents and visitors.
If you would like to learn more about us, or volunteer – contact any member listed below.
We have a board meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm – held at the theatre. Open to the public.
ACT has an elected a board of directors from the group of volunteers that meet monthly.
Here is the complete list, with contact information.
President: Carlece Kenner (+ Team Leader/Party Room Scheduler/Grants)
Vice President: Kristy Lukert ( +Team Leader/Projectionist/Marquee/Candy and Supplies)
Secretary: Ranae Hintz (+Team Leader)
Treasurer: Deb Craig
Board of Directors: Carlece Kenner, Kristy Lukert, Ranae Hintz, Crystal Fangmeier, Deb Craig, Tamara Deepe, Kurk Wiedel, Jackie Haller, Steve Delay, Al Jeppson, Chuck Fink, Wanda Yoachim, Megan Lukert, Madison Hammer, Elle Sudbeck,
Team Leaders: Carlece Kenner, Kristy Lukert, Ranae Hintz, Crystal Fangmeier, Tamara Deepe, Kurk Wiedel, Jackie Haller, Al Jeppson, Chuck Fink, Megan Lukert, Madison Hammer, Elle Sudbeck, Kathy Retzlaff, Marissa Wagenblast, Dee Jalas, Sydney Escritt, Rachel Eickman (FFA), Larry and Carla Seaman, Chuck and Deanna Fink
Tech & Projectionists: Rita Luongo, Crystal Fangmeier, Kristy Lukert, Cody Pachta, JD Anderson, Rick Hintz
Business Manager: Cathy Dick
Banking: Deanna Fink
Website / Facebook: Art Whitton
Past Presidents: Crystal Fangmeier (+ Team Leader/Projectionist/Team Leader Scheduler/Marquee), Deb Cossaart