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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 1B [; GI ONAL newly formed nonprofit, ii Gwen Meinhardt, Executive Director MT. Lassen Theatre A vision of the new Mt. Lassen Theatre comes to life with this art deco design by renowned architectural designer Fernando Duarte. Photos submitted Mt- Lasse Vision for historic venue offers community a look into next chapter M. Kate West Staff Writer i  cross small-town , America movie theatres have provided communities the opportunity to experience fantasy, romance, laughter and drama, especially before the age of television. These theatres hosted weekly entertainments where families could share popcorn, where teens could meet and maybe even where Grandpa first kissed Grandma. Many times, those local theatres were the glue that aided the economic strength of nearby retail centers and that same hope is key to the current vision of reincarnating the old Chester Theatre. Thanks to the Mt. Lassen Theatre steering committee, which has invested tremendous time in visiting with local historians and researching the archives of the Chester Progressive, amazing facts are surfacing about the history of the Chester Theatre. The group makes this developing history available at, and it is dedicated to restoring and furthering the history of a theatre whose doors closed over four decades ago. In May 2014, the Vineyard Christian Church gave the building to the Mt. Lassen Community Church. Since that time, MLCC has created a community theatre vision and formed a nonprofit to operate the Mt. Lassen Theatre. "The mission of the theatre is to entertain, educate and engage the community, which are the three E's of the newly formed nonprofit," said Gwen Meinhardt, executive director of MLT. "With the lack of entertainment in the area as well as a way to boost the economic engine of neighboring businesses, the church has gifted the primary use of the building back to the community for a year-round theatre with the expanded venue off'rims, drama and concerts." A new year, a new look To fulfill the mission, MLT will undergo a full indoor renovation, the creation of an indoor/outdoor theatre-in-the round and a facelift with the addition of an art deco style marquee and entry in 2015. Designer Fernando Duarte, The re-creation of the Mt. Lassen Theatre in Chester is all about community. The public is invited to visit to vote for either the proposed blue or green theatre lighting. Santa on a horse decorated with reindeer antlers is an out-of-season delight as he passes by the old Chester Theatre during the 1970 Fourth of July Parade. The community has full say as to what color lighting for the Mr. Lassen Theatre will best represent the new Main Street vision. who comes from a family of seven Argentinean artists, is designing the marquee. He is known nationally for his dedication and fine art in designing elegant marquees, blade signs and lighting reminiscent of decades past. Much sought after, Duarte is currently working with movie director Quentin Tarantino on marquees for two of Tarantino's personally owned theatres. In California alone, Duarte has created new theatre images for the State Theatre in Red Bluff, the Los Gatos Theatre, the Vision Theater in Los Angeles, the Mayfair Theater in Santa Monica, the California Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, the Guild Theatre in Sacramento, the Fox "Bob Hope" Theatre in Stockton, the Roseville Theatre, the Brava Theatre in San Francisco, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. NST Engineering, of Susanville, will also be involved with the project. Local contractor Brett Womack is the renovations developer. More movies for Christmas Since acquisition of the building, the doors have opened to the community for the showing of four free movies. This Dec. 19 and 20, MLT will offer what will likely be the last two free movies before renovations shut the building down. "The Santa Clause" with actor Tim Allen will play Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. "The Nativity" will play Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. These movies are free to the community and like before, all movie guests will be offered free movie popcorn and bottled water. Seating is limited and those planning to attend either movie may make reservations at,