A quick survey is asking
for county residents’ opinions on going to
the movies – when, where and how much?
First runs, oldies, indies – or all of the
The Skyline Theatre Project continues
with a loyal crew to buy and restore the
historic old movie theater building at 14 N.
Franklin, hoping to put the building to good
The nonprofit Sublette Group for Community
Initiative is spearheading the project
to renovate and open the building for movies,
concerts and other community events.
SGCI took the helm a year ago when Main
Street Pinedale backed away from the longterm
The property, which opened as a theater
in 1940, is not yet purchased but fundraising
efforts continue for the $160,000 price tag
and so far about $13,000 has been donated.
Recently, volunteer Dawn Ballou sat in
front of Ridley’s, asking passersby if they
could participate with a short Pinedale
Movie Theater Survey. About 120 people
have done so, so far, but volunteers plan to
gather as many as possible “whenever they
have some time,” she added.
The Skyline Theatre Project survey has a
link posted on its Facebook page.
The volunteer group is preparing to bring
the results before the Pinedale Town Council
in the hopes of support and sponsorship,
according to Ballou.
“The survey is being done because Mayor
Matt Murdock really wants to get first-run
movies here and wants to hear from the
community on that,” she said. “He designed
the survey that people can take online or in
Eventually, Pinedale Town Council will
likely be asked to purchase the remaining
cost of the old Skyline Theatre building,
about $150,000, the nonprofit group hopes.
“The building needs to be owned by a
government entity in order for us to apply
for the renovation grants,” Ballou said.
This process worked for the Daniel
Schoolhouse and Boulder Community Center,
which were turned over to the county
when they needed to get their restoration
grants. Then the county turned it back to
the nonprofit organizations once the restorations
were done. Both community facilities
are used often for get-togethers, parties
The goal for the historic Skyline Theatre
is to see it used for movies, small concerts,
dance performances, speakers, conferences,
dinner theater, recitals, on-screen presentations
and other community events.
For more about the Skyline Theatre Project
and to show support, make a donation
and take the quick Pinedale Movie Theater
Survey, visit the Facebook page.