The Ro-Na Theater opened in 1949. It was once the crown jewel of the city’s downtown and considered one of the finest facilities of its type in the Ohio. The theater closed in 1973. In 2009 a push to renovate the property was started by The Friends of Ironton.
THE RO-NA THEATER
Renovate and develop the Ro-Na Theater into a cultural center of performance art, community engagement, creativity and education.
The Ro-Na Theater was once considered the crown jewel of Ironton Ohio’s downtown area. As most small towns in America, Ironton is working to redefine it’s self after a third year economic decline. The local Mayor’s office and the Community Action Office (CAO) understand the value in establishing a prominent cultural and performance art venue. The arts are: good for local merchants, catalysts for tourism, and build stronger communities.
The current projected renovation budget is $4,500,000.00. The new facility will have an expanded stage, a professional kitchen, and the adjacent property renovated into rehearsal rooms, storage and office space.
Plan of Action:
Over the last three years piece meal efforts have been made to stabilize the building. A new roof, fire safety doors, back green room, basic heating elements. All in hopes of generating revenue from events produced by FOI. An evening of performance by local artists including a performance by the Mayor, publicity from area magazines and news articles have installed community interest.
Time has come to raise significant revenue to fully restore the space in order to bring programming.
Historic tax credits will provide one-third of the estimated budget for renovations. The method for raising the remainder of the budget is to be determined.
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