Majestic Theatre Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary During Chamber Percs

WAYNE – With just one final chamber coffee event to be held in 2020, Majestic Theatre was the host for Chamber Percs last Friday put on by the Wayne Area Economic Development office.

Executive Director, Luke Virgil with WAED began the virtual event from the entry way of the Majestic Theatre located at 310 Main Street.

Prior to going over announcements, Virgil reminded everyone to continue to follow the three C’s of confined spaces, crowded spaces and close contacts.

“Washing hands, maintain social distancing or physical distancing, whenever you can sanitize and stay home if you’re not feeling well,” said Virgil. “For our employers out there, please be really sensitive to all of those concerns and make sure that you’re accommodating your employees. So, if they do feel like they’re not doing well, they can stay home and they can get better.”

One more round of holiday stamp card drawings will take place this week as last week’s winners won $50 in chamber bucks.

Tim Bartz, coordinator at the Majestic then took the viewers on a virtual tour that included three art pieces. The mural painted on the outside of the Majestic was put in place by the City of Wayne, the mural painted on the wall when you walk in the doors along with the movie reels that hang in the ceiling.

Bartz added Melissa Derechailo will be hosting a fundraiser, titled the ‘Monologue Plays’ from Friday, January 15 – Sunday, January 17 with all proceeds going to the Majestic Theatre.

“We can only seat 45 people,” Bartz added. “So, that’s why we’re spreading them out over three shows so as many people get a chance to come see it as they want. Tickets for that are yet to be determined but I’m working with Melissa on that moving forward.”

It’s been 10 years since the renovation to the theatre and the Majestic Theatre is undergoing their Capital Campaign raising funds for operating costs, minor repairs on their building and to keep equipment up to date.

Jill Brodersen, President of the Majestic Board mentioned that 10 years ago the Majestic opened back up.

“There’s just a lot of heart that went back into the theatre 10 years ago,” Brodersen mentioned. “The theatre is more than just a place for movies. It’s a place for play productions and we’ve had music concerts here.”

Curbside pickup is back on the second and fourth weekends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s. The theatre isn’t sure when they’ll be able to open for movies as Bartz stated it’s not socially responsible for them to be open.

“Instead of putting people at risk that should not be put at risk, we’re going to stay closed,” said Bartz. “We monitor the numbers weekly and we want to make sure that the community that has given us so much stays healthy.”

To donate, call the theatre at 402-833-1833 or donate through the Wayne Area Legacy Fund.

View past Chamber Percs on the Wayne, Ne Facebook page.

Chamber Percs will continue this Friday, December 18 where there’ll be no in-person Chamber Coffee but State Nebraska Bank & Trust invites everyone to view the Wayne, NE Facebook page around 10:15 a.m. This will be the final Friday chamber event of the year with Christmas and New Year’s falling on Friday.