The Lincoln transitions from movies to live music

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) A historic building in the heart of downtown Cheyenne is making the transition from a theater to a music venue. Just when can Wyomingites and visitors expect the opening?

“A safe estimate would be within a year,” said Renee Jelinek, co-founder of The Alternative Arts Project.

The nonprofit founded in 2011 by Renee Jelinek and her husband has been encouraging youth through music and other nontraditional arts programs including free after school guitar lessons. The co-founders hope to bring in local musicians to perform as well as national touring acts. The plan is for between 1,200 and 1,400 guests to attend the concerts, in turn hoping to make a big impact on Cheyenne businesses.

“This will be made for music so the sound is going to be fantastic and the whole environment is made for a live show,” said Jelinek. “If we get that many people coming in to see a show here, they’re going to be eating out and they’re going to be staying in hotels and hopefully spending the night and shopping the next day.”

The nonprofit has launched a publicly crowd funded campaign to raise $60,000 to pay for the inside demolition needed. To donate, visit