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Missoula Children’s Theatre
July 2016

 Pinocchio on stage at the Braumart! 49 young local actors worked with coaches from Missoula Children's Theatre to bring you "Pinocchio" on July 30!
It works like this: a team of Tour Actor/Directors arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairy-tales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. MCT's mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.

Karen Klenke photo

Pictured here after the final show, the coaches have packed their truck and are ready to ride off to another Pinocchio adventure! Thanks for all your work, Justin and Kate!
LHAT conference
July 2016
FOTB Officers John Estes and Timothy Haagensen attended the League of Historic American Theatres conference in Chicago July 17-20. These conferences are an incredible opportunity to meet theater experts from all over the U.S. and Canada and learn about all aspects of running a historic theater. The conference included a day-long tour of historic theaters.
July 2016
They're from a little town called Brooklyn, and they've been singing a cappella for over 50 years. What do they sing? Rock, soul, doo-wop, gospel, folk, pop, you name it, they can sing it! They graced the Braumart stage on July 2, 2016.

Pine Mountain Music Festival
June 2016
From TV6: http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Pine-Mountain-Music-Festival-coming-to-Braumart-Theater-383456431.htm

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) It's been only four months since renovations started at the Braumart Theater in Iron Mountain, but the new owners weren't going to pass up a Upper Peninsula tradition as the first to hit their stage.

Braumart Theater is re-opening its doors in a big way, for the first time ever, the venue will be the exclusive host to the 26th annual Pine Mountain Music Festival in Iron Mountain.

"To have such world-class musicians in our area is very, very thrilling," said John Estes, vice president of the Friends of the Braumart. "And we're just so incredibly fortunate to have this type of talent come through our town and perform at our theater as our opening event."

Jazz and folk-urban pop have been added to the summer's traditional lineup. But the community is not only being treated to some great music, it's also getting a part of its history back.

"It was kind of a…a sad thing," said Joan Patacnoni, community member. "I think it occurred in a period of time when other things also had kind of disappeared from being active and I…it really left a void."

Bringing back the Braumart, to hold the area-favorite concert series, brings a lot of memories back with it. Seeing this longtime abandoned historic fixture transformed, nostalgia kicked in for many.

"In my teenage years, I used to take my girlfriend to the movies here at the Braumart," said Chuck Macy, community member. "And we always had to make sure we sat in the last row, that way nobody could see us smooching…and she's my wife for 55 years."

"I remember the first movie I ever saw was Gone with the Wind, and I was 12-years-old," said Jean Thekan, community member. "That was in 1940 and, I tell ya, it was something else."

The Lake Effect Jazz Quintet will set the event off this Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the door. You can visit our website at upper michigans source dot com for pricing and for the music festival lineup.
New Roof
April 2016
Major changes happened on the exterior of the Braumart. Every spring for the past several years the Braumart suffered from roof leaks, which caused damage to the interior walls. Problem solved!  Lake State Roofing installed a new roof membrane was added over the entire building.  At the same time, workers rebuilt the interior structure and roof of the marquee – no more drips! 
We Bought the Bruamart
February 2016
Friends of the Braumart is now officially the owner of the historic Braumart Theater. River Valley Bank and Northern Michigan Bank & Trust placed their faith in our project to lend us money to purchase the building.  They saw the tremendous value that a dedicated COMMUNITY arts and entertainment center can provide to the community.  Their effort will allow us to make some initial upgrades along with making the theater clean, comfortable and inviting. Much larger, longer term projects are being planned.

Braumart group photo - We Bought the Braumart Theater
Daily News Article - Theater Purchase
February 2016

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