Movies Coming to Downtown Northwood

J.B. Thompson Building Rehabbed for Movie Theater Use

Posted by CC on January 24th, 2009 10:41 am

Built in 1891 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Historic Downtown Northwood District, the J.B. Thompson Building in downtown Northwood has been empty for 20 years. By the end of this year, it will be reopened as a 140-seat movie theater. When the current owner, Total United Northwood Effort (TUNE), purchased the building in 2003, the roof leaked, bricks were falling out of the walls, and the surrounding sidewalk was crumbling. With a new roof and interior, the theater will eventually show evening and weekend movies. Apartments will be built into the upper story.

Funding for the rehabilitation includes $230,000 raised by TUNE, including grants from the Worth County Development Authority and other local foundations. Local businesses have also helped raise money through wine tastings and raffles. Approximately $120,000 is still needed to complete the project. The work is being done by local contractors and volunteers, including high school students.

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