The Caney Valley Electric Board of Trustees sponsors an annual community project and after looking for a worthy cause, this year they selected the Gregg Theater in Sedan.
Allen Zadorozny, manager of Caney Valley Electric Cooperative and Dan Hubert, a co-op board member, met on Aug. 10, 2022, to present checks totaling $4,000 to the Sedan Area Economic Development Committee (SAEDC). The Caney Valley Electric Board of Trustee’s voted to donate $2,000 to the theater, and that donation was matched by the CoBank Sharing Success Program bringing the donation to $4,000. CoBank is a financial institution that works with co-ops to maximize their investments and financial needs.
Over the past year, the Gregg Theater has been undergoing renovations inside and out. The outside received a face-lift with new paint, keeping with the original color theme, while the inside presented a larger challenge. The concession stand was gutted and redone, along with remodeling the bathrooms, making them handicap accessible. The foyer floor was redone with new tile and the theater also had to install new electronic equipment because the movies are now digitalized. A massive amount of cleaning was also done since it have been closed for many months. All of this work was done by volunteers, who also run the movie theater each weekend.
About a year ago the ownership of the theater was transferred from Roger and Austin Floyd of Floyd’s Supermarket to SAEDC with Toni Nusz of Ackarman’s Hardware and Lumber being the main contact for the theater.
“SAEDC is very excited to receive this sizable donation and will be meeting soon to decide where the greatest need is to continue with the renovations,” Nusz said. “The theater shows newly released films each Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons for a very reasonable cost. We are extremely grateful for Caney Valley Electric Cooperative and CoBank for making this donation.”