In response to the overwhelming support of the community for the continued success of this project, the Rees Project Committee is preparing for, and announcing a rare opportunity for the community to once again experience the look, feel and smell of attending a movie at the Rees. The memory tour will take place on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd from 1 – 3 p.m.
All areas of the theater will be accessible, including the seldom seen by the public, backstage area and second floor apartment. It is said that Mrs. Rees entertained her lady friends playing bridge in the apartment above and on occasion their laughter may still be heard. There is no need to be scared, as members of the project committee will be stationed to protect you throughout the landmark’s points of interest.
This will be the only public tour of the facility before moving forward with plans to restore the art deco theater that the Stewart Rees family opened on February 1, 1940 with the film, Remember the Night.
Closed for the past seven years, the privately owned theater was transferred into the hands of the Wythougan Valley Preservation Council in January 2017.
The project committee has sought, and continues to seek the advice of the public and many individuals have responded. To date, there is an overwhelming desire for it to become a multi-event center and maintain the integrity of its art deco design. It is well documented that this landmark is structurally worthy of restoration for its continued use for film, live performances, public and private events and most importantly, becoming the biggest ‘classroom’ in Marshall County for generations to learn and experience the importance of the arts.
The Rees is now a member of the League of Historic American Theaters and like many theaters of its kind across the nation, it will become a catalyst for economic development and an improved quality of life in a rural setting such as Plymouth. It is here you will experience a true appreciation for the arts in its many forms.
Please be reminded that not all areas of the theater are handicap accessible. Please wear sensible shoes and children must be accompanied by an adult.
At the conclusion of the tour your free will donation will help to complete the initial phase for renovations of the façade and marquee this spring.
Those wishing to make a tax deductible gift to Phase I of the project may do so through The Wythougan Valley Preservation Council, c/o The Marshall County Historical Museum, 123 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.