Remodeling A LandmarkWritten by Alex Egan
Once a prominent staple in the Lexington Downtown area the Majestic Theater has been closed for close to five years.
Now students are starting to see some tangible results in their efforts to reopen the Lexington landmark.
It doesn't look like much on the outside, in fact it doesn't look like much on the inside either.
But soon the Majestic Theater in Lexington will return to what it once was.
The theater closed down in 2009, and that didn't sit well with the youth of the community.
"It was one of those things where the kids were like 'we really need that' and we absolutely do. I mean the nearest theater now is 30 minutes away in Kearney, sometimes the kids go to Gothenburg or Arapahoe for movies, but this would give them an opportunity, especially the younger kids, to walk to a theater and have some sort of entertainment or something for kids, here in our community,” says Jason Sullivan, Asst. Principal Lexington Middle School.
Mix in an idea from the 8th grade class two years ago, some planning, fundraising, and donated help from professionals, the theater is getting a complete remodel.
Demolition on the 98-year-old theater began around Christmas time.
"There's a lot of work that still needs to be done. It's a complete remodel and right now we're just in demolition phase,” says Sullivan.
For the students and community members of Lexington seeing the hard work come to fruition is a dream come true.
"It's amazing to watch the kids get out here and be involved and put a positive spin on what youth can do and so that's been a neat thing for our community to see. I think there have been people that have gone by and they turn their heads as they drive by and look like 'Whoa there's a lot going on in there and it's a bunch of kids.' So the power the kids have and the energy they have is something that I wish everybody could come down and watch,” says Sullivan.
"We're like excited about this. We're just like 'oh when is it going to be open? Or what should we do to encourage more students to come and help out and everything,” says Marlene Cohetero, Sophomore, Lexington HS.
"I think a lot of people are looking forward to having somewhere to come hang out on weekends,” says Cecilia Betancourt, Sophomore, Lexington HS.
"We've been talking a lot to the high schoolers, mostly, because that would help them more for scholarships. The middle schoolers are good at coming to volunteer a lot,” says Maritza Pleitez, Sophomore, Lexington HS.
The administrators love every minute seeing the kids come together and work for a goal, and they're hoping that it might inspire some of them for their future careers.
"This helps get those kids a skillset. right now demolition doesn't take a lot of know how to do the demolition part, but when we start plumbing, electrical, that sort of thing, these kids are going to learn those skills. Hopefully they'll tune into it and say 'this is something I enjoy and I want to do this for years to come,” says Maritza Pleitez, Sophomore, Lexington HS.
They hope to have the theater functional showing movies by Thanksgiving of this year and have it completely finished by 2015, which would be the 100th anniversary of the theater and when the 8th graders who started this project two years ago graduate from high school.
"I would have to say it's a great feeling, to know that we helped and we opened this place again,” says Pleitez.