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Boxes and boxes


This is the second (and last) pile of boxes — we’ve already recycled one batch. Terri is unloading one of the last boxes of cushions. We’re 90% done with this project thanks to the help of numerous volunteers.

Very old ticket stubs found


These ticket stubs were found during seat installation. We found some during the seat removal, which makes sense, but it’s a mystery how these came to be found. After the seats were removed the entire seating area was cleaned, mopped, vacuumed and scrubbed, and then these just appeared last weekend. Through a little research on the Jones Photo Collection website we found that in 1947 Adult admission was 59 cents, Loge Seating – 70, students – 40 and children – 15. These must be from sometime between the time the theatre opened (1928) and the early 30’s.

Seat installation begins



The seat installation is going amazingly well, considering there were about 450 seats delivered on Wednesday and about 40 boxes unloaded this weekend. About 10 people showed up over the weekend to help out. Work parties are scheduled at 9am from Wednesday January 7th through Sunday January 10th (or until they’re done). Stop by and check out the progress, maybe help for an hour or two. There’s something for everyone. Questions? Contact Lane Youmans.
A huge thank you to all who have pitched in!

The first shipment of seats has arrived!






The first shipment of seats were delivered by Washington Correctional Industries on December 31st. For those newbies — these are the original seats, restored. I’m beyond excited to see these installed and offering patrons a comfortable place to sit. Wow. The big question is: “who is the mystery person in the yellow coat?” Interested in helping? Contact Lane Youmans — we’re starting installation the weekend of January 3rd.

Stage rigging pulleys & lines in place

Here are some shots of the rigging pulleys mounted on the west wall of the stage area. This will be so wonderful for our stage hands! You can see the original pinrail set still in place — we kept it for historical purposes.

Fly floor grating


One of our brave board members (Lane), along with his trusty Kodak, headed up to the top-most newly constructed floor– the fly floor. This is right up there at the top of the fly loft. Rognlin’s installed this new metal grating over the top of the original wooden floor. One very cool thing is that there are now lights up here. I can’t even imagine climbing up to the top of the flyloft with the old ladder and then on the old wooden boards as they “bent” while walking on them — only to top it off with having to carry a flashlight. (shudder)

The armrests are back!


Here’s a picture of the newly refinished armrests recently picked up from the Dept. of Corrections. Nice, aren’t they!!!
We’ll soon be getting the restored cushions and seat backs in two separate shipments and volunteers will begin installation soon thereafter. Interested in helping with this? Email Lane Youmans, and he’ll get you on the list.

Working on the doors




Ken Boyle, rigorously working on repairing the damaged lead plating in the front doors

Rigging project progress



Rognlin’s is ahead of schedule on their portion of the rigging project. This project includes new catwalks, ladders and other structures which will make it easier and much safer for the stage people to handle the drops, lights, curtains etc. These photos were taken today. Electrical work will be starting soon, and Stagecraft will be moving in in early December to start work on their portion (rigging, line sets, drops etc.)
The top photo is a new platform that takes place of the old pinrail system (part of which is left on display backstage).
The bottom photo is looking almost straight up to the highest catwalk, showing the new access ladder on the left.