They Decided It Would Be The Plains
The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) was formed in 2006. It was part of a plan conceived and presented by a class of Eads High School students who decided in 2004 that they were going to save the Plains Theater that had been abandoned and empty since 1983. These students were motivated by a need to have a place to go and something to do in a town where their options were quite limited. After two years of work that involved research, collecting stories from the hey-day of the Plains, and talking to other communities about their theaters, the Class of 2006 called a community meeting and invited as many of the decision-makers as possible including the County Commissioners, Town Council, School officials, and other prominent citizens. They all came to the Plains where the kids had cleaned it as best they could and rigged up a projector where they could present their plan on the big screen. The plan called for the Town of Eads to purchase/receive the Plains Theater and two other historical buildings attached to the Plains on the south that were affecting the theater's structure. In this way, the local government could get the government grants required to save the facility. It also called for the County to pay the insurance and to share the expense of the utilities with the Town. The final component was to form a non-profit group that would be the catalyst for the project. Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center, the only non-profit in town for some time, was formed out of this concept in order to run the programs, write the grants, and plan the process of saving the Plains and the two other historical buildings into a cultural center for the community. Since then that Class of 2006 has gone through college earning PhD degrees, nursing degrees, and an array of other professional achievements. But they have not forgotten the Plains and continue to support the project. The ensuing classes continue to work on the project in an array of opportunities. This was truly a grassroots movement that has paid off in big way for our community.