Miner’s Institute Foundation has raised more than $6,000 to be used toward a new fire alarm system necessary for the reopening of Miner’s Theatre in Collinsville.
The total cost of the system is estimated to be $105,000, according to Leah Joyce, Collinsville uptown coordinator and president of Miner’s Institute Foundation.
Another fundraiser is coming up on June 20 at Glazy Squares in Collinsville, the owner of which, Kelly Sipes, reached out to the foundation after hearing about the theatre’s recent progress. She said she wanted to help in “just kind of keeping the momentum going.”
Sipes was a part of the Uptown Development Commission from 2011 to 2014 and said she learned about the theatre’s ongoing restoration during that time as well.
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“It’s just something that’s important: to get (the theatre) restored,” she said.
The upcoming event will include two bands set up in the eatery’s parking lot, at 1833 Vandalia St., starting at noon with a performance from Rocket Brothers. Quarter Draw Band, which performed at the “Rockin’ for the Miner’s” benefit concert in May, will also play at Glazy Squares starting at 4 p.m.
Sipes, whose hometown is Collinsville, said 100 percent of the money made during the event will be donated to the theatre.
“We have our vendors donating our products, our employees are donating their time,” she said, to keep the cost down for her small business. The vendors include Bono Burns Distributing and Dawn Food Products Inc., both in St. Louis, and Cedar Crest Ice Cream.
The menu is still being finalized, but Sipes said patrons can expect Glazy Square’s signature donuts and ice cream to be a part of it.
Other funding for the alarm system came from the Crazy Bowl event that took place April 4 at Camelot Bowl in Collinsville, which generated a total of $2,805, and the May 2 “Rockin’ for the Miner’s” benefit concert, which raised $3,010.
Ameren Illinois also recently gave Miner’s Institute Foundation a $1,000 grant to be used toward the purchase and installation of the alarm system, for a total of $6,815 raised, including the other fundraisers. Joyce said Ameren employees have participated in two volunteer days as well, helping to clean the theatre and paint the dressing rooms.
Miner’s Institute Foundation has been raising funds for improvements that are needed to make the theatre, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accessible for people with disabilities and compliant with current building codes before it can reopen.
According to the theatre’s website, the work still needing to be completed to reopen the theater — in addition to a fire alarm system with voice evacuation — includes building ADA-compliant restrooms, adding an automatic door opener, repairing plaster, insulation and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, upgrading the electrical system and installing code-compliant exit and egress lighting.
Joyce said anyone interested in following the foundation’s efforts or getting involved can find information, updates and contact information on the Miner’s Theatre Facebook page and the foundation’s website.
Want to go?
What: Fundraising effort for a fire alarm system for Miner’s Theatre
When: noon to 7 p.m. on June 20
Where: Glazy Squares, 1833 Vandalia St. in Collinsville