REVITALIZED GOSHEN THEATER

The Goshen Theater is one of the most significant pieces of downtown Goshen’s revitalization. For over eighty years, the Goshen Theater was the showpiece of downtown Goshen’s entertainment and shopping district. Restoration of this key facility helps secure Goshen’s economic stability for over two hundred small businesses in our community. A renovated theater will also help position Downtown Goshen as a regional hub for arts and entertainment.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2016

After being closed to the public for 30 years, the Theater initiated programming efforts in January 2016. The organization worked hard to create programs and activities, engage new patrons, and ultimately save this historic community theater.

Facilities / Safety Improvements

  1. Goshen Parks dance studios enhancements (on first and third floors)

  2. Projector replacement

  3. Electrical, restroom, aisle lighting repairs

  4. Heating / air-conditioning repairs (several units failed in 2016)

  5. Toxic chemical and trash removal on / under stage / in maintenance areas

  6. Secured 3-way liquor and restaurant license

Community Entertainment

  1. Movies

    1. 24 Free Friday Night Movies

    2. 12 Late-night Creature Feature Movies

    3. Holiday Movie Marathon (Shop Local Saturday)

    4. Sound of Music Interactive Event

  2. Festivals

    1. River Bend Film Festival (3 day event!)

    2. Downtown Goshen First Fridays Homecoming

    3. Downtown Goshen Hometown Holiday celebration

  3. Education / Tours

    1. Free monthly historical tours for community

    2. 2 Tours for school children

  4. Dance

    1. Talija Serbian Folk Ensemble Dance Performance

    2. GoDance classes for adults

    3. Dance in the City classes for children (over 300 kids per week)

  5. Concerts

    1. Main Squeeze

    2. Open Fifths

  6. Fundraisers

    1. Goshen News Cancer Fundraiser

    2. Brass From The Past Lincoln Highway Association Fundraiser

    3. Edible Michiana Winter Release Party

  7. Bill Signing: Governor Mike Pence signed the Regional Cities bill at a ceremony on April 6

Community Support for Goshen Theater

  • 27 business sponsors for event activities!

  • Average of 250 attendees at each event

  • Individual event attendee contributions of over $26,800 for donations
    and concessions

  • Expanded supporter list from zero (0) to 900 in 10 months!

Planning and Support for Future Development

  1. Completed Fundraising Feasibility Study with Aly Sterling Philanthropy (June 2016) Study indicated $2.5 MM Goal is feasible with full-time staffing support.

  2. Conducted strategic planning, grant-writing, fundraising for theater

    1. Secured $50k from City of Goshen (Live Work Play Grant) to support fundraising activities

    2. Secured $50k from CFEC Vibrant Communities to support Capital Campaign

    3. Secured $4MM matching (construction funds) pledge from City of Goshen for Capital Campaign*

    4. Secured $1.8MM matching (constructions funds) pledge from Regional Cities for Capital Campaign**

    5. Secured $1MM matching pledge from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County***

*City pledge: contingent on additional $9.5M raised for full project from other sources 2018
**Regional Cities Pledge: contingent on $1.8M raised from public funds and $5.4M from private donors or non-gov. grants 2018
***CFEC pledge: contingent on $2M raised from private donors in 2018

The Goshen Theater, Inc. board is now building long-term funding strategy for the theater revitalization.


216 South Main Street, Goshen, Indiana

The Goshen Theater is one of the most significant pieces of downtown Goshen’s revitalization. For over eighty years, the Goshen Theater was the showpiece of downtown Goshen’s entertainment and shopping district. Restoration of this key facility helps secure Goshen’s economic stability for over two hundred small businesses in our community. A renovated theater will also help position Downtown Goshen as a regional hub for arts and entertainment.


Theater News

More good news about Goshen’s theater from area media outlets:

Custom tailor versed in old traditions will help mark Fashion Week in Goshen
South Bend Tribune • September 18, 2017

Elkhart County fashion week begins
WNDU 16 • September 18, 2017

GOSHEN FASHION WEEK
The Record
• September 14, 2017

Fashion Week to showcase local style merchants
The Goshen News • September 7, 2017

BLOG SPOT: Good for the soul
The Goshen News • September 2, 2017

STAGING SHAKESPEARE
Notre Dame touring company offers free performance at Goshen Theater
The Goshen News • July 24, 2017

Goshen Theater Admit One gala
The Goshen Theater Admit One fundraising gala was held March 11, 2017 in Goshen, Indiana
The Goshen News • March 11, 2017

BRIAN BLOOM: Help us save The Goshen Theater
The Goshen News • March 8, 2017

‘Story of the Goshen Theater’ to premier March 11
Goshen College junior directs new 26-minute documentary
South Bend Tribune • February 24, 2017

Free movie marathon lures hundreds to Goshen Theater
South Bend Tribune • November 27, 2016

Goshen Theater is last major step in downtown revitalization, boosters say
Indiana Economic Digest • September, 4 2016

‘Jaws’ will start free Goshen News film series Friday
Thriller ‘Jaws,’ showing Friday, is the first of 8 movies
The Goshen News • May 12, 2016

Taking Center Stage
Not-for-profit group now turns to $9.5M fundraising campaign
The Goshen News • June 14, 2014

WHO WE ARE: It’s showtime for The Goshen Theater
Group takes charge of historic building’s future
The Goshen News • March 4, 2014

After four years of work, Goshen Theater, Inc. has funding to purchase the building!
Loan will allow group to buy Goshen Theater
The Goshen News • February 11, 2014

Negotiations for Goshen Theater wrapping up as group prepares for capital campaign
The Elkhart Truth • October 29, 2013