The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre announced that the group has reached its first fundraising milestone of $250,000 for renovations at the downtown theater.
The overall goal for the effort is $1.5 million to update carpeting, seats and other features in the Main Street theater, restore the marquee and buy digital projectors for the theater. The last item is particularly important, because film distributors have announced intentions to phase out 35mm prints of new films.
To help boost the next phase of the fundraising, Applebee's will donate 10 percent of the receipts from customers who present an event flier to their server while dining at Lexington Applebee's restaurants from 11 a.m. to close Tuesday. Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, an Applebee's franchisee in Lexington, will match the donation.
To get the flier, go to the Kentucky Theatre website, Kentuckytheater.com, and click on the "Friends of the Kentucky Theatre" link on the right side. Then click on the "Dine to Donate" button, and you will be taken to a page to download and print the flier.
Rich Copley: (859) 231-3217. Twitter: @copiousnotes.