With the acquisition of the adjacent flower shop, The Kiwanis Club of Forest is undertaking a significant expansion and capital renovation of the historic Kineto Theatre in downtown Forest. This includes:
- Main level: state of the art lobby, concession, accessible washrooms, accessible theatre seating, new marquee, community room;
- Lower level: industrial kitchen, serving area, 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 all-in project budget is $1,500,000 which includes the building contract, architect/engineer fees, marquee, kitchen equipment and accessories, donor wall, electronics, permits and licences.
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.
The Kineto Theatre fundraising team has developed the following Gift Recognition Plan to ensure that all gifts to the Renovation are acknowledged according to a standard format. Our heritage facility is a community place so it is fitting that the Plan will reflect a cooperative community wide effort.
Please consider contributing to the campaign by downloading and completing the commitment form.