On behalf of the Town of Bryson City, I would like to express our support for any available grants for repairs to the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre (SMCT). The building that is currently used for the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre has been part of our Town’s history since 1950. It started as the Gem Theatre and was purchased in 1996 by the SMCT which is a 501(c)(3). This building and the shows performed there are such an important part of our community. It draws local crowds and tourists alike. Naturally, a building this age needs repairs and improvements; however, since Covid-19 pandemic the SMCT has not been able to perform which has resulted in loss of revenue in ticket sales. I believe our whole community would benefit greatly from grants that could be used to help make repairs to this iconic building. Our hope is that in the very near future, we can all enjoy live performances again.Sam Pattillo Town Manager, Town of Bryson City
The Gem Theatre, an important and iconic building in our community needs help. Money is needed for interior repairs and other renovations.
For those of us that grew up in Swain County the old Gem Theatre is near and dear to our hearts. The building is a landmark; revitalization is needed.
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre has been an important part of our community since the early eighties. At first the performances were held at Swain County High School. Then later using the old Gem Theatre on Main St. in Bryson City. In 1996 the SMCT was able to purchase the Gem Theatre. The building was showing its age and improvements were needed and over the years some made. However, the pandemic had a devastating impact for the SMCT. The building is in such poor shape now that they are unable to perform, sell tickets or showcase our local talent.
Please help us with the much-needed repairs. Bryson City and Swain County both depend greatly on tourism dollars, and I believe it’s our economic engine. Everything that draws and promotes our community helps all our citizens and retail businesses. Your consideration for this Grant request is greatly appreciated.Roger Parsons Vice-Chair, Swain County Board of Commissioners
Please accept this letter of support from the County of Swain for grants available to help with repairs to the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. This building was built many years ago and has several areas needing to be repaired, but since the pandemic, renovations have been impossible due to no revenue. The theatre has been an asset to our community in the past by providing entertainment to locals as well as those visiting the area and we look forward to seeing it reopen in the near future.Kevin King County Manager