The most successful part of the fundraising campaign was a massive outreach to Stigler High School alumni. The group contacted students from as far back as 1942, and donations were received from nearly all 50 states and even Afghanistan, where a Stigler resident is serving in the military, Woodson said.
Other fundraising efforts included a 5k run, a golf tournament and a pancake breakfast.
With the money raised, the city of Stigler is purchasing the equipment, which it will lease to the theater's management. The managers have set a date of June 15 to reopen the theater.
Woodson said admission will still be $6 a person, and popcorn will still cost a dollar.
“We are really excited about seeing this dream come true,” she said. “We knew Stigler could do it.”