Come home to Highland!



Residents who have a hankering to help the Town Theatre get up and running are encouraged to check out a bevy of new committees. Some groups will aid in restoration while others will target postconstruction operations.


FUND-RAISING: Spearheads events and projects that generate immediate and long-term dollars to rehab and run the theatre.


MEMBERSHIP: Develops and launches a “Friends of the Theatre” program to cultivate interest and raise funds.


PUBLICITY & MARKETING: Creates social media opportunities to increase awareness of events germane to the theatre.


VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT: Supports every committee by tapping into the talents of local individuals and groups.


PROGRAMMING: Develops theatre performances that cater to the region and its interests.


OPERATIONS: Provides the technical expertise necessary to operate projection equipment.


MAINTENANCE: Provides general upkeep both inside and outside the building.





With work continuing to refurbish

the town’s vintage movie house,

the Theatre Board is looking to the

community to support the project

by becoming a founding member.

Membership levels from $20 to $75 are available. Benefits include:


•    Your name in the commemorative

    Town Theatre Booklet    

    acknowledging your support.

•    A VIP pass to an exclusive      

    Preview Event, including a tour of

    the newly renovated theatre and

    members-only reception.

•    Your personal invitation to the first

    annual corporate meeting of the

    Theatre Board.

•    A complimentary decal to show

    your support of the Town Theatre.




Keith Bruxvoort, retired Vice President of Finance

Strack & Van Til


Dawn Diamantopoulos, independent artist


Matt Domasica, Auditorium Coordinator, School Town of Highland


Dan Dunn: Communications Professor, Purdue Northwest


Michael Griffin: Town of Highland Clerk-Treasurer


Bruce Leep: Chairman Provision Theatre Company

professor at Trinity College


Michael Maloney: Former Highland Redevelopment chairman


Tracy Oprea, PACE registred paralegal, O’Neill McFadden & Willett


Mary Shelton, Assistant Vice President Business Development

Branch Manager, Centier Bank


Town Council Representatives:Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen


Legal Team: Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley.


MAIN STREET VOLUNTEERS: Are working to increase theatre memberships, recruiting volunteers to assist with theatre operations and researching grant opportunities to reduce the town’s share of the construction and operational costs. Want to volunteer? Call Cecile Petro at (219) 972-7598 or email 



President              Dawn Diamantopoulos

Vice President      Bruce Leep

Secretary              Tracy Oprea

Treasurer              Keith Bruxvoort


Morris Architects to complete final phase of design work

At the Highland Redevelopment Commission’s regular meeting Sept. 14, the Commissioners authorized Morris Architects and Planners of Chicago to complete the final phase of the design work, which will provide the blueprints and specifications for the contractor bidding process and construction of the theatre.  


The Commissioners reviewed the completed second phase of the design work and the associated projected cost of work update.  


The projected costs at the conclusion of Phase II are consistent with the previously discussed $1.9 million to $2.5 million range including the specialized furniture, fixtures and equipment for the theater.


The improved and expanded theater will feature a new 332-seat auditorium space and a 1,000-square-foot stage for live performances, which will complement the tradition of quality movies, complete with intermissions and cake, that the region’s loyal Town Theatre patrons and 530+ founding member donors know and love.


The historic marquee, façade and original lobby entrance portions of the building will be retained, and will be complemented by an additional 4,000 square feet of space, provided by the two buildings to the north of the theater, which will double the size of the old theater building, and will house a new concessions and lounge space, new ADA accessible restrooms, dressing rooms and an event room that can host private events or alternate programming in addition to the main theater auditorium.


The completion of the final phase of the design work and the subsequent bid phase and review of bids are scheduled for later this fall.


The renovated Town Theatre is featured as a centerpiece in redevelopment planning aimed at attracting complementary private development for a vibrant, mixed use, arts and entertainment themed expansion of downtown Highland.


Udpated 9.27.16



Theatre plans call for a new 332-seat auditorium

with 1,000-sqaure-foot stage for live performances

PHASE 1 WORK: xxxxxxxx

ON THE AIR: xxxxxxxx