Doug Whyte of the Hollywood Theatre has written an article on businessculturearts.org about our company! It’s quoted here:
Doug Whyte took over as the new Executive Director of the Hollywood Theatre late in 2010 as the organization was still struggling from the recession and the historic building was in desperate need of some TLC. In his first few months, Doug met Joel Hamberg from Joel Hamberg Painting, an enthusiastic movie lover with an affinity for the historic building. Given the theatre’s financial position at the time, Joel decided to help kick start some renovations by donating his services to paint the interior and exterior of the building. In addition to the painting, Joel also donated his time to clean and polish the beautiful terra cotta facade. This started an outpouring of community support: from electricians and plumbers to website designers and marketing gurus.
Then, when the theatre received a generous donation of seats, Joel and his crew came back and removed the 800+ 70-year old seats, patched and painted the floors, and painted the interior of the main auditorium. All pro bono again! Over the last year, Joel Hamberg has donated over $75,000 worth of services to the Hollywood Theatre, which has helped lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods and services to be donated from others in the community (not to mention tens of thousands in cash donations!) Joel still comes by on a weekly basis to catch a film, always with a paint brush in hand, touching up any blemishes he comes across. It’s community members like this that keep Portland’s historic treasures alive!
Submitted by Doug Whyte, Executive Director, Hollywood Theatre