The Kechi Playhouse needs your help!
For the last 98 years, a magnificent brick building at the corner of 61st Street North and Oliver has welcomed everyone who has visited Kechi. This building, with its grand stairway and two massive pillars, is a focal point for the city and home to the Kechi Playhouse. The Kechi Playhouse is a little community theater providing live entertainment for 36 years. Now, the building needs your help.
Sadly, time and weather have slowly deteriorated the building. The Kechi Playhouse has been deemed blighted and needs to be rehabilitated. However, there is good news. The City of Kechi has found a grant earmarked for rehabilitating buildings that are important to a city’s history, appearance, and identity. Clearly as part of the city’s heritage, the Kechi Playhouse meets these requirements.
The grant is up to $250,000, but the Playhouse needs to raise a 25% match. The Kechi Arts Council has graciously offered to sponsor a month-long campaign to help us raise these funds. The campaign will run from May-June. For every dollar contributed, the Playhouse will receive $3 additional dollars for repairs and improvements.
Engineering appraisals have found the building to be basically sound despite its need for repairs to the eaves, windows, and roof. Rehabilitating the building now will ensure its continuing existence for decades to come. This building has historical, as well as sentimental value to many Kechi residents and visitors. The Kechi Playhouse is a vital piece of the city’s past, present, and future.