Oaks Theater marquee in Oakmont shares message of hope during closure
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 10:35 AM
With entertainment venues shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, owners of the Oaks Theater in Oakmont have put a message of hope on its marquee.
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much,” the message proclaims.
Co-owner Tony Serrao said the message was put up this week. He plans to continue putting positive vibes under the lights until shows return.
“Right now we’re closed, and we have a lot of great contacts in the theater world,” Serrao said. “A lot of people that are part of plays, part of bands and none of them are working. We really wanted to put something positive out there. We wanted to make sure everyone knows were in this together.”
Oaks event manager JR Shaw said the message has been well received, and a new one will likely be displayed every week.
“Venues like this are both important to the community, and the community is important to them,” Shaw said. “It is heartbreaking to have to close the doors, so any little thing what we can do to keep spirits up and let people know as soon as we can be there to serve we will be. Right now, the best way we can serve is to keep the lights off for a little while.”
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered concert venues and other nonessential Pennsylvania businesses to close in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on March 16.
He recently issued a stay-at-home order for Allegheny and several other counties.
Serrao said plans are in the works for a fundraiser to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Emergency Fund for Artists. Details are to be released in the coming weeks.
The fund was originally created to support artists that have experienced specific emergencies such as fire, flood, accident, theft that have impacted their ability to continue their artistic practice.
Officials recently made it available to assist those experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak.
More information about the fund is available at pittsburghartscouncil.org.