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Colony project gift

Bank donates $250,000; theater gets new name

February 28, 2013

About 100 people entered the Colony Theatre Wednesday morning and emerged about an hour later from the newly christened Peoples Bank Theatre....

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Mar-03-13 10:00 PM

"The Peoples" Bank Theater?! Really?! Will there be a mural of Chairman Mao on the marquee? But seriously... If naming rights had been on the auction block, certainly someone would have offered more that $250,000. What we should all be asking is when do the bank's naming rights expire? The sum of 250k should buy them no more than five years...

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Mar-02-13 9:06 PM

First off, I'm about to faint for agreeing with oneill....first time possibly? (Although I don't read or post often here anymore) Anyhow, I am glad to hear People's Bank donated back to the community, as this is a good idea, but to rename a place such as this People's Bank Theatre is tacky and chisels away the integrity of the historical monument the Hippodrome or Colony Theatre is known for. It may be a modern thing to name a building after a contributor, but seriously? People's Bank Theatre? Tacky, tacky, tacky. Maybe they will "donate" back the name now.

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Mar-01-13 3:26 PM

The Armory backers must just be sick to their stomachs over this one. The Armory could have been paid for years ago by offering naming rights. Lets see………hmmmmm.

American Greeting could have bought the rights to the Amory and called it the Marietta House of Cards.

Or maybe Peoples Bank stepping up again and naming it Marietta Peoples Bank Money Pit.

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Mar-01-13 12:18 PM

AndrewJones,.and I don't type very well either. My qualities surface in my work.

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Mar-01-13 12:12 PM

Hey Andy-whatever, u claim u live in Atlana, so why stick your nose in our business........stick your nose up your own rear-end and take a "fif". Never said I was an English major, swing a hammer for a living. I'm also abit older than u. Been subjected to alot of criticism because I have something the company wants. And I won't hand it over. If u would take the time to "Read" the comments(all of them). U can clearly see that U and u alone supports this poor excuss for a bank! For someone who hasn't lived here for over fifteen years.....u sure have alot to say about something u know nothing about. My lawyer once told me that "I am truly a good person with a big heart because of all the totally unselfish work that I do. This was told to me during a time of great dispair. It's just that my "brush Strokes" are much wider than others like yourself. I will never forget that! I will always be a advocate for wrongly judged and treated, which is rampant here

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Mar-01-13 10:20 AM

@oneill: If you support them, then truly support them and give them the benefit of the doubt that renaming the theatre was a hard, gut-wrenching decision for them, but they had to make a call. Think of the greater good before putting them down publicly.

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Mar-01-13 10:18 AM

@doggonit Wow, thanks for proving my point about people making ignorant remarks about things they know nothing about. Judging by the name-calling and poor spelling, I'm not sure you're the target audience anyway.

But to answer your question, I have zero ties to Peoples Bank. They were my personal bank for several years when I lived in Marietta, but that's it. And I moved to Atlanta in 2006, so I've got no skin in the game as far as the bank is concerned.

When I first got involved in the theatre, it was 1997 and I was 25 years old making $15k at Wal-Mart. I've since gone on to bigger and better things, but only through hard work building my own business.

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Mar-01-13 9:37 AM

because every person who supports this is a fat cat for the bank.... thats logical.....

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Mar-01-13 9:10 AM

Andrew Jones you have answered my question about your ties to People's "dodging them. Where do you think banks get their money? It's called "The Federal Reserve" you dummy!!!!!! Where do you think the "Federal Reserve" gets their money...............Taxpaiers you dummy! I along with other have cold hard FACTS regarding to the way Peoples Bank/Insurance operatates and it is just "WRONG" dued! Sooooooooooooooo what did you and the bank ceo have for dinner last night? Did you discuss the "Tax Credits " the bank will be going after? Or who much better you think you are than the working class.

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Mar-01-13 8:09 AM

@FormerMOVer: The theatre director job is, indeed, a full-time job. He manages everything, from grant proposals to environmental testing, to construction plans to event planning, you name it.

And if you think $50k is exorbitant, you clearly haven't been outside the MOV long. That's barely cost of living. And comparing it to a teacher's salary is irrelevant. They're not the same thing. And to suggest he do a full-time job for free, just for the love of it, is ridiculous. It's a job, and is worthy of the compensation.

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Mar-01-13 8:01 AM

@oneill: I simply don't understand your comment about the theatre excluding the "unwashed masses" or being only for "fat cats". Just because the bank is a minor contributor? Come on. That was NEVER what the Colony project was about, and isn't something the area could sustain. This just sounds like ignorant piling on of a project some people haven't bothered to learn anything about.

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Mar-01-13 7:57 AM

To @Oneill and those that say they won't patronize the theatre simply because of its name, I think that's just being petty. Again, the bank offered a charitable donation and the theatre accepted.

To be honest, I also don't like the renaming. I believe it should remain The Colony Theatre, and "The Peoples Bank Theatre" does leave a bad taste in my mouth.

However, I trust the theatre board to do the right thing and I know this was a very difficult decision for them. But they made it for the greater good of the project. I'd like to think the name is negotiable, but if not, I think we can make it work.

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Mar-01-13 7:53 AM

@doggonit: Again, your attacks are misguided. You clearly have an issue with the bank, and that's your business. Fact is, they made a charitable gift to a community arts project. It's not your money or even taxpayer money. If you feel the bank is mishandling their funds, feel free to take it up with them.

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Mar-01-13 6:41 AM

And to AndrewJones: so the theater director makes $50K for what he does? Seems like a lot to me. Some educators make far less for far more important work and deal with greater difficulties. Restoring the Colony should be a labor of love; the pay and the problems should be irrelevant. Just ask any of us who have been involved in far more important projects for far smaller salaries.

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Mar-01-13 6:35 AM

I have many fond childhood memories of the Colony Theater. Movies seen there. Attending live performances of children's stories. To see it restored to its former glory is truly wonderful. I have to qustion, however, the "renaming" of this Putnam Street fixture. Peoples Bank Theater smacks of crass commercialism, not economic and historical rennaissance. Throughout the world, arenas and theaters bear their beautiful historic names: White Hart Lane, Old Vick, Old Trafford. But in America, naming goes to whatever entity coughs up the most cash. That's either the lowest form of capitalism, or the highest form of prostitution.

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Feb-28-13 10:43 PM

AdrewJones how long have you been banking or working at Peoples bank? And how much of their stock do you own? Banks and Insurance are the two biggest thieves on the planet. The working class has just had enough of you and your kind. And our numbers are gowing. I find your comment ignorant and offensive. You surely can't be that stupid to what's really going on here.....because we're not!

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Feb-28-13 10:16 PM

Another point to make, there have been sponsorship tiers available for the Colony for YEARS. Anyone at any time could donate enough money to name certain areas of the theatre, including the theatre itself. It just so happened to be a local bank.

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Feb-28-13 10:04 PM

To the folks slamming this project, I ask you, what are YOU doing to better your community? It's so easy for folks with nothing better to do than b**ch and moan about everything in their lives than get involved in something important.

Also, if you've got a beef with Peoples Bank, that's a separate issue. Their association with the theatre should not change the fact that their gift has made it possible for this project to be completed.

I also find it abhorrent that people would attack the folks who have put hundreds of hours, blood, sweat and tears into this project for over a decade. I've been involved in this project for 15 years and I can tell you the dedication to this project has been unlike anything I've ever seen. To keep going in the face of such odds and the ignorance like the voices on newspaper forums is nothing short of heroic.

If it makes you feel superior to attack the theatre director, go right ahead. $50k is not enough for what he deals with.

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Feb-28-13 7:06 PM

MC If that is the case, I apologize for misspeaking. I didn't realize there is a difference between the two groups, and apologize to all that I may have offended.

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Feb-28-13 5:41 PM

The management of People's Bank is destroying the institution. The worse thing is is that neither the board or its shareholders realize this fact, they are only looking @ the bottom line. What they do not realize is that the money coming in is a mix of money that the bank had left on the table for over a decade due to its tight credit standards and money that they will have to recover in the future once Chuck and his minions are long gone. Mr Sulerzyski has told every manager in that bank that he will not be there in 5 years when it is time to make up the interest income he has given away by rewriting all of those loans. Everything he does is for himself and his career. These funds also come from the raises the banks employees deserve but don't receive and salaries of knowledgable longtime employees the new management has fired. One of People's Banks goals this year is to become an employer of choice which they once were before the current management. Look at the openings on their pag

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Feb-28-13 4:08 PM

People's Bank - $250,000 to help finish construction of something they will have their name on for many years and years. $10,000 for a Smart House for U.S. Army Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry who gave up two legs and an arm for his country. Yeah, sure, they really care about given back to the community.

Which one of those is a more worthy, charitable cause.

All about marketing and the almighty $$$.

I am not impressed.

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Feb-28-13 3:36 PM

$2.2 million/yr for the top 7 at Peoples.No wonder the tellers make very little

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Feb-28-13 3:16 PM

I will not set foot in the theater with that name!!! Such a commercial scam!!!

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Feb-28-13 2:47 PM

This is ridiculous to change the name of a piece of Marietta's history to a bank's name!! Also, can we say it in unison, " huge tax write-off for People's!" No wonder they pay their front line associates like crap!! Anyone looking for a job as a teller, People's is NOT your best option! The demands are insane for the tellers and the pay does not match AT ALL!! Employees are dropping like flies, ones that have been here for YEARS!!! Unless you're young, good-looking and thrive on sales, they don't want you working here! Change needs to happen, NOW or there won't be any tellers left at People's!!

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Feb-28-13 2:42 PM

Peoples Bank is getting too big and has forgot who make them what they are today. Sometimes you have to stop and think about who put you in the position that you are in today. It is the working people that go there. This is a slap in the face to all of us. And you are right they should take better care of their employees and maybe you wouldn't have to sit in line at some of the branches for 20 minutes just to make a deposit.

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