'The Twilight' community-owned theater and auditorium celebrates its one-year anniversary with George Ryan as General Manager.

August 2018 marks the one-year anniversary for General Manager George Ryan of the Twilight Theater in Greensburg.

The Twilight is a community-owned theater and auditorium originally built in 1917 then rebuilt in 2015 by the donations of the citizens of Kiowa County, after the 2007 tornado destroyed it.

“This theater would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of the people of Greensburg, businesses and corporations that shared in that vision,” Ryan said.

In his time as manager, Ryan has reduced spending for the theater almost $10,000 since its original budget when it opened in 2015. Back then, it took $25,000 a month to run the Twilight, in 2016 $28,000 and 2017 $18,350 and 2018 $15,300 a month so far this year.

“The theater is still running a deficit of $5,175 a month,” Ryan said. “The reality is though that income for operations right now averages a little over $10,175.00 a month.”

Ryan’s plan for making up that difference includes increasing sales, sponsorships and corporate donations, screen advertising, personal donations, memberships and the annual gala.

The Twilight Theater board hired Ryan to work 25-30 hours a week, but he has learned it takes a lot more than that to run the theater, so he volunteers an additional 25 hours each week to get everything done.

He and his wife, Serena, are members of the theater and bought seats to support the theater and sponsor a movie each year.

Ryan started in the theater business when he was in high school in New York. He worked in a 1,700 seat single-screen theater, learning hospitality and responsibility. He said the most rewarding part of his job is passing his skills on to the young people who now work for him at the Twilight.