A $30,000 grant to the Norton Theatre Association will assist in ongoing renovations of the Norton Theatre and specifically will be used to replace the seats in the auditorium.
In addition to showing movies, the theatre is used by local nonprofit organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Relay for Life and the Norton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Chamber of Commerce and others.
The replacement of the seats is the latest in a series of renovations for the historic theatre, originally built in 1907. The theater was purchased by the Norton Theatre Association in 1992. After a series of renovations, the theatre re-opened in May of 1993.
Beginning in 2012, another significant series of renovations began. The theater installed digital projection and 3D that year, and since that time has also replaced the roof, the carpet, the HVAC system, updated plumbing and electrical, completed some structural work on the exterior, painted inside and out, and re-did the beautiful neon lighting. The projects were completed using a variety of resources including in-kind donations, fund-raising efforts and State of Kansas tax credits.
The theatre is operated by local volunteers.