The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre announced the group has reached its first fundraising milestone of $250,000 for renovations at the downtown theater. The overall goal for the effort is $1.5 million to update carpeting seats and other features in the theater, restore the marquee, and purchase digital projectors for the theater. The last item is particularly important as film distributors have announced intentions to phase out 35 mm prints of new films.
To help boost the next phase of the fundraising, Lexington-based Applebee’s restaurants have announced they will donate 10 percent of the receipts from customers who present an event flier to their server while dining at Lexington Applebee’s from 11 a.m. to close Tuesday, March 19. Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Applebee’s parent company, will match the donation.
To get the flier, go to the Kentucky Theatre website and click on the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre button on the right side. Then click on the Dine to Donate button and you will be taken to a page to download the flier.