Kix Brooks has a long history of supporting causes that enrich the local community and promote the arts. And this time he is turning his talent and creative energy to securing the future survival and advancing the cultural mission of the Princess Theatre in Winnsboro, LA.
Brooks, who grew up in the region, is headlining a two-day “Kickin’ It With Kix” fundraiser Sept. 28-29 in Franklin Parish as a thank you to donors, who are stepping up to keep the Princess Theatre vibrant and poised to provide entertainment, education, and access to the arts for years to come.
“Preserving venues like the Princess – which bring the arts to rural communities – is more important than ever,” said Brooks. “The arts inspire and institutions like this theatre provide a necessary public service and a convenient, affordable location to experience live entertainment.”
On Friday, Sept. 28, Brooks will headline an intimate performance at the Princess Theatre. Tickets for the event are $25. Information about the event and tickets are available via the Princess Theatre website, www.princesstheatreinc.com.
A larger, exclusive event for corporate and individual donors will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at Brook’s farm in Extension, LA. The event will include dinner, drinks, and wine from Brooks’ own Arrington Vineyards label. There are several levels of support available – each coinciding with a Platinum Brooks & Dunn album from “Hillbilly Deluxe” ($1,500) to “Brand New Man” ($15,000). For information about being a donor, please contact Daphanie Dailey with the Princess Theatre Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fundraiser will also feature a live auction with items including tickets and a meet-and-greet for four guests at the Reba & Brooks & Dunn Together in Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on Dec. 8. There is a tour of Arrington Vineyards and a wine tasting for eight guests hosted by Brooks, in addition to a five-day dove hunting trip in Argentina for five people.
“We are so grateful to Kix for his generosity and support of the arts in this community,” said Eleanor Hatfield, President of the Princess Theatre Foundation. “He attended a screening of his movie at the Princess and has continued to be a champion for the Theatre.”
The Princess Theatre was originally established in 1925. Two years later, the theatre moved to the location on Prairie Street where it stands today in a building that was constructed in 1907.
Silent movies were shown on the screen while live piano music brought the films to life. In 1930, soundtracks were added to films and a sound system was installed. Right before World War II, in the early 1940’s, the building was expanded to meet demand. In 1960, the theatre changed hands, but the opening of a mall with a 10-screen multiplex forced the theatre to close in 1985.
In 1992, the Princess Theatre building was given to the city of Winnsboro. A Board of Directors was appointed to take care of the building and a year later, the board announced a much-needed renovation. The ongoing efforts have been supported and recognized by the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development (Division of the Arts), and Art Works National Endowment for the Arts.
The Governor’s Arts Award program had this to say: “The Princess Theatre is an inspiring example of what can happen when a community believes in itself and the value of the arts to the quality of life…The Princess functions as both a performing arts venue and a forum for educational programming; it has transformed cultural opportunities in Northeast Louisiana and continues to be a model for success throughout the region.”