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Reopening celebration

On January 25, 2009, our reopening celebration brought in over 500 people to see all the newly restored seats, backstage rigging and the curtains and to hear the Aberdeen Elks National Band and Dukes of Swing perform for this event. Check out our photo album. (Thanks to Sativa Miller for the great shots!)

Curtains, the beginning of the end


The rigging project is almost done! Just yesterday the “grand valance” and drapes were hung. This photo was taken before the drapes were installed, but I just needed to share this picture. We chose a drape design as close to the originals as possible. Having only black and white photos put a damper on the color scheme, but we are extremely pleased with the dark blue fabric. If you’d like to see what the original drapes looked like, check out the Jones Photo Historical Collection site and search for photo number 23140. Bet you can’t wait to see these in real life.

Rigging views


Almost done! This part of the project is being done by Stagecraft Industries.

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.