TEMPLE THEATRE RECEIVES $38,240 GRANT FROM MS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY!

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$2.15M Awarded to Preservation Projects –

Posted December 03, 2014, Jackson, MS  —  “At a special meeting on December 3, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded more than $2 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program to seventeen preservation and restoration projects across the state. The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program, authorized and funded through the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties. Over the life of the program the department has awarded more than $32 million to 203 projects.”

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The Meridian Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts was awarded $38,240 and is the only entity in Lauderdale County to receive grant money from MDAH. Roger Smith, Executive Director of the Temple stated, “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this grant which will enable us to complete Phase I of a five-phase restoration, repair and renovation project estimated to cost $212,000.”

Phase I will complete work that is considered to be most critical in stabilizing the 90+year old building, including roof repairs and termite prevention. The largest portion of the grant money will be used to replace exterior entrance/exit doors consisting of seven sets of double doors, and two single doors. This is essential to improve building security and especially to ensure quick exit in the event of an emergency. Doors will be replaced in accordance with period-style architecture using modern materials.

Smith went on to explain that Phases II through V include extensive interior work such as replacement of the Ballroom parquet floor, air conditioning repair and replacement, restoration and repair of the two organ pipe chambers, restroom repairs and upgrades, and marquee maintenance, rewiring and an upgrade to a computer digital display.

The Temple Theatre is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charity organization with no paid (salaried) employees. Office and management personnel are volunteers. All income is channeled back into the theatre for operating expenses and upkeep as there is no other source of financial backing except through income generated from the rental of the Ballroom and theatre auditorium by outside producers, ticket and concession stand sales. Private monetary donations, equipment, or supplies are completely tax deductible.

In conclusion, Smith was quick to state that his goal remains the same as when he first took on the Temple Theatre in 2009. That is, to provide “a place where everybody can feel welcome, no matter who you are…a place where artists of all genres, be it musicians, stage performers, dancers, or movie aficionados’ can perform without feeling stressed or intimidated…a place without barriers.” It is truly a Theatre for all people of Meridian and Lauderdale County. See you at the Temple!

GOSPEL SHOWS: December 13, 2014 & January 31, 2015

TWO GREAT GOSPEL SHOWS COMING TO THE TEMPLE THEATRE!!

First, please note that the Pre-Thanksgiving Concert featuring Michael Combs, the Down East Boys and 2nd Mile originally set for Saturday, 22 November has been RESCHEDULED for SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015 AT 6:30 P.M. due to illness.  Click on this poster for details.Michael Combs concert jpg

RESCHEDULED — RESCHEDULED — FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

LE’ ANDRIA JOHNSON in concert:  ‘God’s on Your Side,” along with the Mississippi Mass Choir.  Don’t miss this uplifting evening of Gospel entertainment.  1027_leandre_poster-2

Exciting Upcoming Shows!

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SUCARNOCHEE REVUE RETURNS IN 2015!!

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WATCH FOR THE 2015 SCHEDULE  TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!

SUCARNOCHEE REVUE SHOWS for 2014

Admission:  All tickets just $10 at the door

1. January 3…New Years Show
2. February 7..For Everly After…Tribute to the Everly’s
3. March 7…Circle Unbroken……… the Carter Family Legacy
4. March 21 UWA……….Roots and Rhythm
5. April 4…the Bakersfield Sound
6. April 19 UWA…Women in Country Music / Sucarnochee Folk Festival
7. May 2…. Songs of the Ranger and the Troubadour (Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb Tribute)
8. June 6… California Dreamin’ ,the Folk Rock Scene
9. July 4…. Star Spangled Jangle
10. August 1… All Shook Up
11. September 5… Little Big Stars
12. October 3…. Dream Baby, the Songs of Cindy Walker
13. November 7…Camp Meeting Revue…Peace in the Valley
14. December 5….Sucarnochee Christmas

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We LOVE Mystery Bus Tours!  Call us today and let us be a part of your Mystery Tour.  It’s in a historic theater with lots of stories and surprises.  It’s been a guaranteed success in the past!  We can accommodate 50 to 500 people in one tour! 

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Spend the Night on the Temple Stage

Grown men couldn’t do it!  Can you?  Admission for this exciting fun is $1oo per person with a  minimum of 10 people at one time.  Bring your sleeping bags and be prepared to be scared!  By schedule only!

Below is a little sample of what you might see.  Click on the Link and be prepared!

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