1. Has anyone even asked why Theatre 29 never sells alcohol? When a charity or service club purchases out the opening show for a “fundraiser,”, those groups sometimes provide alcoholic drinks. What about the other dates? If the theater is going to allegedly attract visitors from down below to see community-level theater…, wouldn’t you think the attendees might enjoy and pay for a nice glass of wine during intermission?
2. Why did Theatre 29 receive CDBG, Community Development Block Grant, funds to install air conditioning? Isn’t Theatre 29 required to maintain their tax exempt 501 (c) 3 status to maintain their $1 per year lease from the city?
3. CDBG block grant? Here is the Staff Report for Fiscal Year 2006/07 stating Theatre29 Electrical/Air Conditioning and Roofing were completed.>2-13-2007_29_Palms_staff_report
4. So the question is… Is Theatre 29 actually a viable non-profit business without government aid? Gary says they made a profit, but if you take into account the subsidized rent ($1 a year) and the other facility improvements whose costs should actually be paid for over time by the Theatre, they lose money… and lots of it. In previous posts on Cactus Thorns, looking at their tax returns one can calculate their average attendance…bottom line: They are not sold-out.
5. Why did Gary announce receiving an $18,000 grant on October 27, 2008 to design a new building? >LINK
Now please explain the following statement: “As of 2011, the City of Twentynine Palms and Theatre 29 began collaborating on plans for a new community theater building within a civic center complex being designed for the City’s ongoing downtown revitalization.”
6. One can’t deduct a monetary contribution to a municipality, so how is the tax status of Theatre 29 going to have anything to do with raising funds to build a city owned building?
And FINALLY…the BIG question:
7. How can Theatre 29 receive donations from the San Bernardino County “Give BIG” fundraiser for non-profits when this entity was out of compliance with the Attorney General and not registered prior to April 1, 2014, as per their requirements to participate.
Did the Theatre misrepresent their nonprofit status?