October 30, 2012
715 South Second St., Laramie
Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Vicki Shuster, Burton Muller, Ana Barbir, Bob Roten, nancy Sindelar, Ed Rasmussen, Lynn Hamblin, Cliff Marks and Topazz the wonder cat.
This meeting included a wide ranging discussion about the future of the Wyo Theatre. The owners of the theater said they need a new digital projection system costing $40,000 in order to stay in business. Various ideas were discussed about how to raise the money to keep the Wyo open.
A meeting with the owners of the Wyo and Pete Simpson was discussed. There was also a discussion about various local people and community organizations that might have information on how to raise money.
The discussion included: contacting buyers (such as Randy Pryde, who owns theaters in Casper and ran the Wyo for a few months), getting an energy audit, listing on the National Historic Register, full building inspection for soundness of building (electrical system structural soundness, rot from leaking roof, etc.). Look into possibly modifying the deed restriction. Investigating becoming a co-op, (like the Champaign-Urbana Art Theater Co-op www.theCUart.com), Using Kickstarter to raise funds (www.kickstarter.com/projects/507503312/save-the-lyric?ref=card), collect donations, such as Pay Pal.
Kickstarter was reportedly used to raise $150,000 to get a digital projector for the the Lyric Cinema Café in Fort Collins.
Cliff said refurbishing the theater, retiring the debt, and upgrading the projection system are the major needs of the theater. The Projection upgrade would possibly necessitate electrical work.
Submitted by nancy S.