Fairbury’s Bonham Theatre receives $1,000 grant from city attorney

FAIRBURY, NE – The Bonham Theatre, which celebrated its one-year reopening anniversary this past September, received a $1,000 community donation from law firm Remboldt Ludtke, LLP at the Fairbury City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Fairbury city attorney David Bargen presented the check to Bonham Theatre project president Brooke Schwab, along with two other members of the Bonham Theatre project board.

Schwab says the $1,000 donation will go toward the theatre’s building fund, which is a savings account for theatre renovations.

The theatre project board of directors plans to re-open the second floor, so the theatre can once again show two features each week, but there’s no timetable on when that will be. All renovation costs will need to be covered first, according to Schwab.

A board of directors continues to oversee the theatre’s day-to-day operation, but it depends on a rotating base of over 175 volunteers to run the concession stand, program the movies, and clean the facility each week during its Friday, Saturday, and Sunday showings.

This weekend, the theatre is showing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Other notes from city council

  • An order change was approved for the H Street paving project. Fairbury street superintendent Laura Bedlan says the order change resulted in about a $6,512 dollar increase in total cost. The order change included an upsize in piping, additional drainage and the removal of a tree. H Street has been reopened since late October.


  • An agreement between the city of Fairbury and engineering firm CES Group was authorized to allow for Oak Street between 13th and 14th Street to be improved. City administrator Collin Biesler says the engineering and design of the project cost roughly $8,000 – nearly $10,000 cheaper than the city’s first bid.


  • The scheduled city council meeting for Jan. 1, 2019 has been cancelled. That motion (quickly) passed on a 5-0 vote. The council will meet next on Jan. 15.

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