There’s a new addition to downtown Fairbury that will soon light up the night sky with bright colors; the Bonham Theatre’s new marquee.
This 4,000 pound sign, which a crew from Tri-City Sign Company hoisted to the historic building, is filled with lights. Many have noticed something missing from the old building when the old marquee was removed in 2013; however, that space has been filled, causing much exhilaration among those who have been working with the Bonham Theatre Project to reopen the theater.
“It’s exciting; it’s beautiful, and it will be great to see it when it is programed and lit up,” said Bonham Theatre Project President Brooke Schwab. “The message boards on the ends will be programmed so they look like the old block lettering.”
Schwab explained that because of certain rules from the historical society, they were limited in some of their options when selecting the marquee. She believes that they still made a great choice with the marquee style they selected, which was modeled after the previous one.
Although there have been some setbacks in the project, Schwab is happy to see the project making a lot of progress in the past few months. She believes that the marquee is one of the crowning pieces representing how far the project has come.
“I can’t even explain it,” Schwab said. “It’s so gratifying just to know that this is moving forward. This is a piece that everyone can see and know that the progress is real. This is happening. It’s not a pipe dream anymore; this is real.
“This is a major feat,” Schwab continued. “It was not easy to come up with the funds to get that marquee. I think for the community, for us as board members, it’s a huge step forward. That’s been missing for three years now, and it’s a void that was obvious downtown, but now it’s back.”
Schwab emphasized how grateful she is for the cooperation from Tri-City Sign Company and the continued support from the community. It will take some time for the electronic component to be programed, but Schwab believes that once it is ready, people will truly notice how that space has been filled and how far the group has come in three years.