August 22, 2011


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By Communications staff

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Campus Theatre will hold a community street fair in celebration of its official grand re-opening Friday afternoon, Aug. 26.

The street fair, which runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. is designed as a community family event. Featured will be a variety of entertainment activities for children and families, including a balloon artist, caricaturist, face painting, spin art, acoustic guitarists, and more.

Everything is free including hot dogs and beverages. The street fair will include a special performance by the Lewisburg High School Marching Band at 6:15 p.m. to set the tone for a feature film presentation of "The Music Man."

Following the conclusion of the street fair, at 7 p.m. the theatre will host its official grand-reopening ceremony. Making brief remarks will be Bucknell President John Bravman, Lewisburg Mayor Judy Wagner, Union County Commissioner and Bucknell Alumnus and Trustee John Mathias, State Senator Gene Yaw, Bucknell Student Government President Philip Kim, and Campus Theatre Board of Directors Chair Mark O'Brien.

The remarks will be followed by the premiere of a seven-minute film celebrating the theatre and its restoration, created by Steve Gibson, video and new media developer at Bucknell University, with Bucknell sophomore Lindsay Coffee.

At 7:30 p.m. the theatre will present the movie "The Music Man." Admission to the movie is 25 cents for adults, 10 cents for children, the same admission prices charged in 1941 when the theatre opened.

These events are part of the inaugural Arts. Everywhere. Festival hosted by Bucknell University and the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership.

The Campus Theatre is one of a handful of art deco theaters built in the early 1940s that remains in operation. This summer, the theatre underwent an extensive, six-month renovation that includes an improved projection and sound system, a new air-conditioning and heating system, refurbished seating, and new lighting and carpet. || Related links: Film Journal feature; News story on mural restoration

"Months of painstaking labor by the conservators have brought the original beauty of the theatre back to life," said Bravman. "This theatre is a treasure for our campus and for our community, and Bucknell is proud to be part of its future."

The $2.5 million renovation project was funded by a Commonwealth grant and funding from Bucknell University.

Contact: Division of Communications

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