Renovations Continue at Rupert's Historic Wilson Theater


By Brandon Redmond

Rupert, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Historic Wilson Theater opened in 1919 in Downtown Rupert. Nearly a century later the uniquely designed flat iron building remains a cornerstone of the community.

Chris Jackson is the executive director of the Wilson Theater. One of her main goals is to get the theater completely renovated and operational again. "The city purchased it, the Renaissance Arts Center Initiative leased it for 25 years with the goal of renovating and restoring it and running it and making it successful."

The city purchased the theater in 1999. Twelve years later over one point four million dollars have been raised and used towards renovations. "We've been into it for about twelve years now. It's a slow process but that's because we don't use local tax payer's money and we do grants, donations and fundraisers," Jackson told us.

The theater already hosts productions and plays, but Jackson is hoping to raise additional money to complete the restoration of the auditorium.
The theater will host the play hotel Frankenstein the weekend prior to Halloween. The theater has a historical past but a bright future.

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