Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20.

Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion) Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20.

Triumvirate relief fund goes live

The theater burned down on Feb. 20

People interested in financially supporting Triumvirate Theatre in its rebuilding efforts are able to do so following the launch of a central donation hub by the group.

The theater confirmed via social media on Friday that through the relief fund, which is hosted by the Alaska Community Foundation, they will receive 100% of donations made.

After the theater caught fire and burned down early on Feb. 20, there was an outpouring of support from members of the community and theaters across the state on social media, many of whom said they wanted to donate to rebuilding efforts.

Triumvirate Theatre Director Joe Rizzo told the Clarion on Tuesday that the theater has every intention of rebuilding. However, Rizzo said that while the building was insured, the things inside were not. Funds donated to the theater will go toward replacing those things, including a 20-foot projector screen, thousands of dollars in props and costumes and furniture.

In all, the theater estimates that they lost about $100,000 worth of things to the fire.

According to a post made by the theater on Thursday, the Rasmuson Foundation — an Anchorage-based group with a stated mission of promoting “a better life for Alaskans” — had already donated $10,000.

Though the cause of the fire is under investigation, Nikiski Fire Chief Bryan Crisp said Wednesday that investigators think the fire started in a two-story addition made to the theater recently. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office sent a deputy fire marshal to investigate the fire last week.

A link to the fund can be found on the theater’s website at triumviratetheatre.org.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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