Mortgage retired on Nampa's historic Pix Theatre; Friday's gala free to all

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comNovember 4, 2013 

A foundation that has been working for more than a decade to get the doors of The Pix Theatre in Nampa open announced Monday afternoon that the mortgage on the historic building has been retired. Home Federal Bank is donating the remainder of what was owed on the mortgage, a foundation official said.

Now the theatre foundation can focus on raising money to renovate and furnish the interior of the theatre, which first opened on Sept. 11, 1946. To celebrate, the fund-raising gala on Friday will be free to all-comers — though the foundation will gladly accept donations for renovations.

The gala, "Maverick's Casino Night," will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 118 11th Ave. N., Nampa. (To get more info, or make a donation, click here or made a bid for an item in the online auction.

The theater building is not on the National Registry of Historic Places but it has significance as the city's first theater, said Leticia Juarez-Sisson, a member of the Pix Theatre Foundation board. The foundation aim to make the old theatre a multi-use venue that's primarily for live performances, not screening films.

"We're just excited that we're going to be able to bring more life to Downtown Nampa," Juarez-Sisson said.

The effort to get the theater re-opened was hampered by the collapse of the building's roof in 2002. The roof has been repaired.

"Nobody wanted to throw in the towel though, understandably, it did hurt the hope a little bit," Juarez-Sisson said. "It pushed back deadlines in regards to the renovation. Nothing was salvageable. Everything had to be torn out and thrown away. It was a little bit harder to jump back on the band wagon."

The estimated cost to renovate the interior of the Pix is about $1 million.

The Pix Theatre is at 210 12th Ave. S., across from Nampa's Library Square. Learn more about the theatre on its, and its Facebook page.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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