Historic Movie Theater in Cheyenne to Reopen as Music Venue
Soon, Cheyenne's music fans may not have to drive to Fort Collins or Denver to catch a show. The Alternative Arts Project, a nonprofit organization in Cheyenne, will be turning The Lincoln (once a movie theater) into something Wyoming's capital city needs: a concert venue to bring in nationally-touring acts to town.
'Our vision is to bring in national touring acts that wouldn't otherwise be playing the area outside of Denver, as well as hosting local and regional artists,' The Lincoln said in a Facebook post. '...it will be a real catalyst for change to downtown Cheyenne.'
While the organization has the means to cover the startup costs, they are asking for donations from the community to keep the theater funded. There's a lot of work to be done to convert the theater, originally built in the '20s, and converted to a two-screen theater in the '50s, into a concert space. You can donate to the crowdfunding project here.
'We have compiled an amazing team of architects and engineers, who are all donating their time on this because they believe in what we're doing,' The Lincoln theater said. 'We worked tirelessly to find the right contractor, who was excited to take on this project and do it with a reasonable budget.'
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the project:
For those who loved the historic movie theater, The Lincoln would also like to clarify that they did not have it shut down.
'They had it listed for sale, and as part of our purchase agreement we are prohibited from showing movies for 25 years,' The Lincoln posted on Facebook. 'Please stop being mad at us for this.'
Most people, however, seem to be pretty excited about the project. And, if you happen to drive up from Fort Collins and have a few drinks during the show, there is also a really cool Airbnb above it that overlooks the marquee.