Countdown to Curtain | GOAL MET!

Thanks to contributions from more than 80 individuals and businesses, MBT’s Countdown to Curtain goal has been achieved!

Mount Baker Theatre has successfully maximized resources and reduced staff and expenses to manage at minimal operations during the mandatory COVID-19 shutdown. We estimate a minimum of $225,000 in start-up expenses will be needed to reopen once restrictions are lifted. 

Saturna Capital, George Mills, Susan Reece, Jane Verner, Lesley Cooke, and Jim Zoehrer recognized this unique need and contributed $126,000 to launch the campaign in August 2020. Donations came in steadily, culminating in a final community contribution of $15,000 in December from a 2-to-1 match for movie ticket donations. When added to $20,000 in grants also received in December, we reached a total of $230,000—exceeding the original goal!

A portion of Countdown to Curtain contributions will be used to reopen at a limited capacity in Phase 2. However, most of the funds are reserved for gearing back up for full operation when the time comes. The necessary projects include:

  • Generating new policies and procedures for your health and safety
  • Purchasing new sanitizing equipment and supplies
  • Purchasing new protective gear and equipment—such as sneeze guards and PPE—to keep volunteers, staff, patrons, and performers healthy
  • Rehiring and retraining staff and volunteers in new policies and procedures
  • Employing staff in advance of event dates, in order to
    • schedule events
    • advertise
    • sell tickets
    • secure sponsors
    • restock inventory
    • inform patrons about our new policies, procedures, and expectations
    • prepare the building for welcoming you into the beautiful historic Mount Baker Theatre once again!


Thank You to Our Donors!

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Margaret Abbott
Jaemi Allen
Erin Auld
Paul Assink
Bank of the Pacific
Marjorie Bardan
Susan Berendsen
Maureen & Rick Braun
Jenny Brice
Katherine Butcher
Shelly Button
Ashley Dalton
Dr. Derek & Brandi Damon
Barron Smith Daugert
Tamara Dobson
Wendy Bell
Tony & Tina Bon
Kim Bryson-Chamley
Jim Zoehrer & Lesley Cooke
William Davis
The DeVaux Family
DIS Corporation
David & Pat Dandurand
Melinda Echols
Helen & Gene Egan
Krista Eytchison
Financial Plan, Inc.
Donny Finkbonner
Michael Flakus
Melissa Franck
Alysia Fyock
Kyra Geleynse
Deborah Gilbert
Liza Gossett
Brett & Kathleen Greene
Robert Heggem
Andrea Hemley
Marjorie Bardan & Ed Hill
The Johansen Family
Karen Morgan Physical Therapy
Pat & Ed Kingshott
Anna Kirby
Karen & Karl Klokkevold
Judd & Black Appliance
Karen & Karl Klokkevold
Nancy Knechtel
Daniel & Pandora Larner
Life Aesthetic Center
Jennifer Long
Rick Lowell
Sharon Maupin
Linda McClain
Maria McDowell
Susie McLeod
Ashley Meadows
Gina Miller
Diana Mills
George Mills
Karen Mullen
Lois & Bob Nicholl
Gary Nichols
Wendy Nichols
David O'Connor
Grace Olin
Amy Parsons
Chris & Becky Patton
Brenda Pletcher
Raymond Pomerinke
John & Lynda Purdie
Saturna Capital
Susan Reece
Roosmiwati Reynolds
Jennifer & Mike Rommel
Laurie Russell
Craig Scamehorn
Lesley Schroeder
Greg & Mechelle Sieg
Chris & Heather Stockard
Marilyn Stoops
Travis Rohrer
U.S. Bank
Marinus & Anne Van de Kamp

Jane Verner
Marti Vineyard
Shirley A. Walker
Chuck and Elsie W
Leah Wang
Wilson Engineering
Jennifer & Victor Winson
Yorky's Market
Shirley Zimmerman

We miss seeing you at the Theatre!

Along with planning ahead for a successful reopening that prioritizes your health and safety, the small staff still working at MBT continues to enrich your world during this unplanned intermission. Though our doors are closed temporarily, you can still enjoy online arts experiences, Peek Behind the Curtain video tours, and reports on Continuing the Legacy capital projects from MBT by signing up for weekly emails or following along on Facebook!