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THE PROJECT

The Kiwanis Club of Forest is undertaking a significant expansion to and capital renovation of the historic Kineto Theatre in downtown Forest. This includes:
(1) Main level state of the art lobby and concession, accessible washrooms and community space;
(2) Theatre lower level industrial kitchen and serving area; and unisex washroom, updated and accessible community room.

This project will be a facelift for one of the oldest, continuously operating movie theatres in the world. As Forest Kiwanians have done for the past fifty years, we must continue to improve and enhance this special heritage facility for the benefit of our entire community. The projected budget is $475,000.

These improvements will make our facility safe and welcoming, effective, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The Kineto Theatre is considered by people far and wide to be “a jewel” in our community and we believe these needed enhancements will continue to bring people to Forest for years to come. As a point of interest, over the past five years, Kiwanis Club of Forest has donated more than $150,000 throughout the Forest community.

Our facility is more than just a movie theatre. Owned and operated by the Kiwanis Club of Forest it holds a unique and special place in the community. It is a people place that provides movie entertainment throughout the year for families and people of all ages. It is a cultural place that hosts film festivals, concerts, art exhibits, wine and food tastings. It is an educational place that also hosts special educational film presentations and guest speakers for both schools and the community at large. It is a community place that brings people together.

With our exciting plan, our theatre is positioned to move into the future by offering an updated space that will be available through the Kiwanis Club to the entire community. The renovations will ensure our heritage building meets public health and accessibility expectations.

RATIONALE FOR THE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS:

• an ever increasing demand for facility use and rentals for a wide variety of events and groups.

• increase opportunity for youth training, employment and education.

• enhanced programming such as culinary events in conjunction with special film events.

• updated public health, safety and accessibility requirements.

• increased community economic development…. feet in the streets of downtown Forest. There will be no empty storefront!

Lower Level Concept

LowerLevel

Upper Level Concept

UpperLevel

With the acquisition of the adjacent flower shop, the Kiwanis Club of Forest is undergoing a significant capital expansion and renovation project for the historical Kineto Theatre. This will include:
(1) Main level state of the art lobby and concession, new accessible washrooms and community space;
(2) Lower level industrial kitchen, serving area, accessible unisex washroom and updated community room.

This project will usher in a new era for one of the oldest, continuously operating movie theatres in the world. As Forest Kiwanians have done for the past 42 years, we must continue to improve and enhance this special heritage facility for the benefit of our entire community. The overall projected budget is $475,000.

These improvements will make our facility safe and welcoming, effective, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The Kineto Theatre is considered by people far and wide to be “a jewel” in our community and we believe these needed enhancements will continue to bring people to Forest for years to come.

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