Capital Campaigns

Blair East Project

We’ve received some great renderings from WDM Architects, who we have partnered with to help us bring this dream to a reality. You can look at the bottom of this page and you’ll be able to see them in a smaller copy of our window poster. We will be rolling out some more posts and updates on our Facebook page about these renderings so be sure the check there over the upcoming weeks.

Now that Phase One is complete, we are ready to move into Phase Two of the Blair East Expansion! In order to move forward with this phase, we are looking to raise an additional $15,000 outside of our normal operating budget to get there. If you’d like to donate specifically to this, please make sure you leave a note with your donation. To donate online you can go to, our Facebook page, or you can mail a check to the Blair.

We hope that you enjoy looking at our poster below and we hope to hear your feedback as we move forward into this new phase!

The Blair Theater

In the year 2000, the Blair Center for the Arts Foundation was formed and began the process of renovating the theater. Over the next 8 years, lots of work was done, and through the help and the support of our local community, the theater opened again to the public for the first time in over 12 years. Like many similar organizations around the country, COVID-19 has had a negative effect on our mission but we’re still moving forward with trying to build a facility to provide quality entertainment as well as a community gathering place for the residents of Belleville, Republic County, and the greater North Central Kansas region. Below you can see a list of things that we are looking to do as well as an estimated cost for each item. If you’re able to help in any way, please feel free to contact us and let us know.

    1. Structural Evaluation – Unknown Cost
    2. Theater Rigging System – $55k – $100k
    3. Theater Soft Goods Package – $10k
    4. Building Electrical Upgrade – Currently an unknown cost
      • Up to 800 amps of additional power are needed for the theater.
    5. Theater Lighting System* – $150k-$230k
      • This equipment can be bought in phases.
    6. Theater Sound System* – $150k-$200k
      • This equipment can be bought in phases.
      • This equipment is different than the cinema sound system.
    7. Theater Video System* – $20k
      • This equipment can be bought in phases.
      • This equipment is different than the cinema projection system.
    8. Engineered Theater Staging* – $25k-$100k
      • This equipment can be bought in phases.

*Equipment marked with an asterisk is able to travel around the region and be used for events outside of the Blair.

With your help, by upgrading the facilities here at the Blair, we’ll be able to better support live events and can increase the entertainment we’re able to offer. This will result in an increase in the number of visitors that we can help bring to the area who will possibly shop at nearby retailers before or after a play, eat dinner at nearby restaurants before an evening dance recital, or get a room for the night and avoid driving home to Seneca, Phillipsburg, Geneva, or Fairbury after a concert or a late-night comedy show.

Pop-up Cinema Needs List

Below is a table of items with an approximate dollar amount we still need to finish the Pop-up Cinema.

ItemQuantity Needed for the Pop-up ScreenQuantity Owned by the BlairQuantity still needed for Pop-up CinemaApproximate Retail Cost Per ItemTotal estimated amount of money still needed for items
275 Gallon Water Totes404$389$1,556
Blower Silencing Case101$360$360
Rigging Package101$400$400
30' x 40' Heavy Duty Canvas Tarp202TBDTBD
20,000 Lumen Projector101$38,000$38,000
Listening App for Phones101$600$600
TBD Sound System101TBDTBD
12.5kW Generator101$12,000$12,000