The Merced Theatre Foundation
In 1998 a group of Merced residents formed the Merced Theatre Foundation, Inc., with the goal of restoring the Theatre to its former glory as a showplace for motion pictures and live performances.
The mission of the Foundation is to:
"Restore the historic landmark Merced Theatre as a self-supporting center for arts,entertainment, and civic events for Merced and the Central Valley."
The not-for-proft Foundation and the City of Merced have worked with historic preservation experts to guide the restoration of the Theatre.
The Merced Theatre Foundation's goal was to complete Phase One and Phase Two prior to the Diamond Jubilee Gala celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Theatre in October 2006.
This goal was met on schedule. Phase Three was given a boost when a major grant was received in August 2007.
Restoration of The Art Kamangar Center at The Merced Theatre was completed April 21st, 2012.
Current makeup of the Merced Theatre Foundation Executive Board:
Tom Frazier, Chair
Maxwell Norton, Vice Chair
Grey Roberts, Treasurer
Al Osborn, Operations
Jim Cunningham & Kathleen Crookham, Fundraising
Board of Directors: Mary Camper, Kathleen Crookham, Jim Cunningham, Le'Trice Curl, Robert Dinuzzo, Robert Dylina, Tom Frazier, Skip George, Dr. Art Kamangar, Jane Lawrence, Amy Lozano-Smith, Neil Morse, Maxwell Norton, Al Osborn,
L. Carmen Ramirez, Grey Roberts
Merced Theatre Foundation Founding Board Members: Wendell Olson, Lorraine Murphy Wenrich