Friends of Temple Theatre Seek Support

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Officials with Meridian's Temple Theater have started the Friends of the Temple Theatre campaign to help make repairs to the historic building.

They have applied for a state grant for more than $400,000. But a 40

The state would only cover 60 percent of that.

Temple theater officials are asking the community for donations in order to raise the other 40 percent needed.

"There has to be a matching contribution from the local community," said theatre owner, Roger Smith. "The state is not going to use state funds for the project unless there is an effort shown locally."

If you would like to help, any donations or funds may be made through the Community Foundation of East Mississippi. A link to the website is provided below.


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  • by Lynne Location: Meridian on Aug 18, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    The Temple Theater has always been kept open by patronage. The person who said it is supported by tax dollars is very misinformed. There is a fund raising event going on to help with repairs since the grant request to the Mississippi Arts Commission requires matching funds. Roger Smith has done more to help this community out of his pocket than anybody I have personally seen do in this town and he's not asking for anybody to pay him back. There are free programs like karate, singing and dance just to name a few. These programs are open to everybody and they promote community enrichment. The Temple Theater is on the historic register and any donation is a tax write off for the giver and is the direct opposite of being supported by tax dollars. Everybody is invited to visit the Temple and see it for the beautiful historic landmark it is. The mission of the Temple is to preserve its cultural and historical significance and bring affordable and quality entertainment to all.
  • by Jack Location: Meridian on Aug 17, 2010 at 02:37 AM
    If he bought the business why is he asking for money to fix it up? This world is full of people begging for handouts. If you can't afford to run the theater then shut it down. Stop begging for money people!
  • by Harold Location: Meridian on Aug 16, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    RR, you said the exact same thing that I was thinking. I've lived here for 6 or so years and I've heard so many people complain about the lack of this and that and things to do, yet when something does actually happen, they refuse to take part in it or just outright oppose it, especially if it envolves the downtown area. I'm amazed at the people who'd rather have "them" bulldoze the entire business district than to hear any mention of it. On a related note, I was also amazed at the cars I saw downtown the other night at the Sucarnochee review which is held, guess where, at the Temple Theater. I don't think I've ever seen that many cars there in my years here. So they must be doing something right.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Aug 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    The Temple is NOT another Threefoot Building. The City owns the Threefoot Building. The Meridian Star story said Roger Smith bought the Temple to try and restore it to it's former glory because he loves it. I've lived here most of my life and still had NO IDEA of the history there until a tour recently, so THANK YOU, ROGER! I can't wait to see La Boheme on Oct. 16th! One of the problems with Meridian is that instead of thinking, "Hey, with the Riley Center AND the Temple Theater, look at everything Meridian has to offer!" and supporting stuff, people turn it into a competition. I don't see the Temple as competing with Monty Royal or the Riley Center, just ADDING to the "stuff to do" menu that people constantly gripe about being too small.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    Is the Temple going to be another Threefoot Building? We wait until it is too far gone to try to preserve it and then we spend a fortune only to do nothing. I've lived here long enough to know better than to expect anything else.
  • by Mary Location: Meridian on Aug 15, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    The Temple is important. Donate if you agree. Otherwise, you have no reason to comment. To you "Tea Party" poser, the true free market message intended by the real "Tea Party" has nothing to do with opposing the preservation of historic landmarks. Get out from behind your "Tea Party" mask and represent who you really are.. CAVE ( Citizens Against Virtually Everything). The people of Meridian need growth, not economic stagnation. The Temple is a beautiful landmark, please help if you can, otherwise don't speak your CAVE nonsense.
  • by RR Location: lauderdale county on Aug 15, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Good luck on trying to save anything in Meridian.Sometimes I think some of the citizens of Meridian are their own worst enemy.They complain that there is nothing here,but at the same time vote to keep things out,or want to demolish anything that needs work.I think Meridian is what it is,and will never be anything else with the attitudes here.Good Luck!
  • by hob on Aug 14, 2010 at 01:56 AM
    why did he buy the thing if he couldnt keep it running......it wasnt THAT long ago when he purchased the building!
  • by Tea Party Location: Meridian on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    The theater is receiving 40% of their money from tax payers. That is not fair. I hope the place rots down.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    Is there anyone who DOESN'T remember going to the Temple as a child? My parents had movie dates there! Less than stellar shows?? Have you seen the Sucarnochee Revue? The Moscow Ballet? There is SO MUCH history in this theater. I was fortunate enough a few months ago to be there for a silent movie accompanied by the organ. It was SO AWESOME!! I've also taken advantage of the $5 ticket prices to see recent movies such as New Moon. I've also seen the YPOP group practicing in the ballroom, and they're taking a show to the Riley Center. We're paying for the Riley Center with tax dollars. I support the Temple and encourage others to do the same!
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