The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), an Atlanta-based outreach program created by The Fox Theatre, has given grants to two theatres in Georgia, including Atlanta’s own Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland. The check for $5,390 will help renovate the classic Plaza marquee.
Opened in 1939, the Plaza continues to show new, indie and classic films on a regular basis. The restoration will involve changing from fluorescent to LED lighting and rehabilitating areas affected by rust. This will not only improve the theatre’s prominent appearance on Ponce De Leon Avenue, but it will lessen the theatre’s environmental impact by reducing electricity usage and cost.
Also receiving an FTI grant this year: the historic President Theatre in Manchester. The FTI grants are provided in an effort to help preserve historic buildings, revitalize arts programs, and strengthen local economies.