What is your connection to the Park Theater and the Lamorinda community?
I’ve lived in Lafayette since 2007. I feel fortunate to have raised my children here and they attended our public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. I’ve held a number of community volunteer positions over the last 15 years. I was a reporter for the Lamorinda Weekly, and I currently serve on the Lafayette School District Governing Board.
What inspired you to donate in support of reopening the theater?
When I moved here, I was sorry to realize that the Lafayette Park Theater had closed, as I grew up with a wonderful local movie theater in Barrington, Illinois – The Catlow. I served on the Lafayette Community Foundation for a few years and I became hopeful when the idea of relaunching the Park was raised.
What does it mean to you to Light Up the Park?
As a personal fan of lighted marquees and vintage neon signage, I’m hopeful to be able to see the Park Theater come back to life in Lafayette. I think I inherited my appreciation for such landmarks from my father because I remember his stories of helping his uncle work on the marquee at the Chicago Theater in high school.
When the Park reopens, what movie would you love to rewatch on the big screen, and who would watch it with you?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
How do you like your popcorn, plain or buttered?