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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 — Nebraska High School Entrepreneurs Work To Reopen Old Theater.  ALBION, NEBRASKA: With a successful fund drive behind them and the aroma of popcorn all around, members of Boone Central High School's entrepreneur class now own the former Keith Theatre and are working to reopen it and run it as a learning experience. The project will fill a storefront in the town's business district, give students solid business training, and bring entertainment to the area. The class took possession of the theater January 18; students raised the money to buy the building by selling theater seats and collecting donations. They estimate another $45,000 will be needed to clean and renovate the building, then train people how to operate the business. The group has started the process of applying for grants, getting the business plan, projections, and documents in order. Students and volunteers did a complete inventory of the theater, sorting, counting and cleaning from the balcony to the basement. They went through old reels of film and tried out the film splicing equipment in the projection room. A lot of physical work remains to be done; the high school's industrial tech class is going to take a look at designing the exterior.
For FULL STORY, go to: Associated Press 1/29/02