Lerner Theatre

The Elkhart City Council on Monday gave Friends of the Lerner $500,000 for future emergency repairs of the city’s Lerner Theatre.

ELKHART — It’s the day before a big show at The Lerner Theatre and, suddenly, the sound system stops working. Replacing it is expensive, and getting an appropriation from the City Council could take weeks. The show cannot go on.

That is the nightmare scenario that Friends of the Lerner wants to make sure never becomes reality. The not-for-profit organization has its checkbook available for emergency situations like this hypothetical scenario and can help the theater on much shorter notice than the municipal government. With the Elkhart City Council’s appropriation of $500,000 for the Friends on Monday, the group now has the financial means to fund emergency repairs for the next decade.

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