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Toyota donates $10K to Kentucky Theatre

Bill Fortune volunteered as a doorman as the Kentucky Theatre hosted an October party to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2012.
Bill Fortune volunteered as a doorman as the Kentucky Theatre hosted an October party to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2012. Herald Leader

The Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky has given a $10,000 grant to the Friends of Kentucky Theatre to help with efforts to update the historic Lexington landmark, which opened in 1922.

"The Kentucky Theatre provides a pretty important educational component for the community," Ann Hagan-Michel, a board member of the Kentucky Theatre, said, adding that Toyota was attracted to that.

This donation puts the theater at a total of $285,327 towards their effort to raise $1.5 million for renovations.

Hagal-Michel said the 90-year-old theater needs upgrading because of its constant usage. These renovations include technical upgrades, fixtures, new carpeting, updates to the concessions, and a restoration of the iconic marquee.

The theater is also looking to replace its 20-year-old seats through a donation program to sponsor a seat.

Individual donations can also be made at Kentuckytheatre.com/friends.

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