The brightly lit marquee on the old Fox Theater, an attention-getter in downtown North Platte since 1929, is in trouble. Recently, the company that makes the message boards on the marquee went out of business. The community playhouse, which operates the theater, is unable to get replacement light bulbs and parts for the marquee.
The theater is also known as the Neville Center for Performing Arts, in honor of Keith Neville, who built it.
The only option is to replace the marquee boards with newer, more up-to-date boards, playhouse manager Scott Carlson said.
The playhouse is asking the community to help in the endeavor. The cost is expected to be about $20,000, Carlson said.
The board of directors is asking the community for donations during December, so the project can be completed by the beginning of 2014.
Proceeds from this year's Carousel of Homes that was held Saturday, hosted by the Community Playhouse Guild, will be directed to the Light the Marquee campaign, Carlson said.
“We are very proud of our venue, and we are constantly striving to maintain its historic beauty,” Carlson said. “The playhouse depends on community support, not only as performers, directors and musicians, but also financially. Our marquee adds to the elegance and class of the building.”
If interested in donating, contact the playhouse at (308) 532-8559 or mail a donation to NPCP “Light the Marquee,” PO Box 1045, North Platte, NE 69013.