Museum Selling Antique Theatre Marquee Letters In Fundraiser

  • 11/13/2018 2:31:46 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Just in time for the holiday season, the Mansfield Memorial Museum is holding a fundraiser by selling off some historical keepsakes.

"The letter that I'm holding is the original 1930-1931 marquee letter from the old Madison Theater marquee," said Scott Schaut, Curator of the Mansfield Memorial Museum. "When the Madison was torn down, the marquee was given to the Renaissance. When the Renaissance did the extension, they removed the old marquee from the Madison and gave it back to us. For the last ten years, we have saved it. Unfortunately, because of circumstances, the building was sold and the marquee had to be removed from the building. The tops of the marquee is what the Renaissance wanted back, so we sold that to the Renaissance. We got to keep the letters. We are going to be selling the letters at $50 each. These are the original 1930 letters."

Each letter measures about 17 inches high and can interlock with other letters to form whole words. The letters can be backlit for the authentic "movie marquee" look, with plexiglass inserts inside the letters themselves.

"It'll help as a fundraiser," Schaut said. "The proceeds go to the Soldiers and Sailors Building, which helps the Mansfield Memorial Museum. This way, we're trying to keep and preserve the history of the old theater. We're saving a full set that we are not selling, but are selling the rest of them. There are limited quantities of each. If anyone wants to purchase one - or several - or many, they can call here at the museum, and we can set up a time. They can come and look at them, and then they can purchase as many as they would like."

For more information, call Scott Schaut at the Mansfield Memorial Museum at 419-525-2491.

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