Historic Miner's Institute

204 W. Main

Collinsville, IL 62234

Boeing Employees Join Miner's Theatre Restoration Efforts

July 25, 2014


The Boeing Employees Community Fund of St. Louis (ECF) has joined in the efforts to restore and reopen the Miner’s Theatre by awarding the Miner’s Institute Foundation (MIF) a grant for the purchase of new, code compliant Exit and Egress lighting.


The Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis is a unique employee-owned and managed pooled fund giving program that allows employees to support the needs of the Greater St. Louis region via tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions.  Boeing pays all administrative costs for the Fund so that 100% of every employee dollar contributed goes to support the community.  Funding decisions are the sole responsibility of the local Boeing ECF Board of Directors in accordance with the best interests of the community and its membership.


”The theater requires significant renovation to make it ADA accessible and compliant with current building codes before it can be reopened to the public. The Miner’s Institute Foundation is so grateful to the Boeing Employees Community Fund for their generous support so that we may accomplish the task of installing new emergency exit lighting and signage” said MIF Fundraising Chairman Eric ODonnell.


The Miner’s Theatre opened in 1918. The construction of the building was paid for by the local miners unions. The theatre brought entertainment to the City of a class not usually seen in cities of this size.  The second and third floors gave a permanent home for the union offices and provided a central meeting place for the mining locals.  These floors were also used by various community groups for social activities and housed a small library which was the beginning of the present day Collinsville Memorial Public Library.  The need to preserve this remarkable structure of such historic and cultural importance is also clear and evidenced by its being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, named a Collinsville Progress Historic Landmark in 1993, and a City of Collinsville Historic Landmark in 2013.


Those interested in the restoration efforts or who want to participate or contribute may visit www.historicminersinstitute.org, follow the foundation on Facebook/Miners Theatre or contact 618-972-4236 or MinersInstitute@gmail.com.


The Miner's Institute Foundation (MIF) is a non-profit corporation organized by volunteer citizens for the purpose of raising funds for the rehabilitation and support of the Miner's Theatre. The Miner's Institute Foundation will support the advancement of the arts and recreation by cultivating, promoting, bolstering, sponsoring and developing in our community an appreciation and understanding of all the arts and recreation.