Jeff Greene of EverGreene Architectural Arts spent the day with some of the 7th Street volunteers on Sunday. Jeff was hired by the theatre to perform a survey of the theatre’s historic finishes, provide input on preservaton and restoration of the historic murals discovered in November, and answer some questions about cleaning and restoration by volunteers. It was a wonderfully informative day. Jeff discovered that the front of the marquee (see picture) was created using a technique called scraffito, which is done by layering tinted plaster, and scraping away the top layer to expose the differently colored layer beneath. He found that one of the original colors was an intense blue. Unfortunately, we could not find a ladder truck to lift him up to the front wall niches to take samples.
Here are some great photos we received from Ross Munro, who worked in the theatre in the early 1980s. The photos were taken in 1980, and he is in one of the pictures. He started out at the D&R, and then came to the 7th Street. One of these projectors is in the lobby — they are the original E7 carbon arc projectors. Ross was projectionist and also theatre manager during this time. Ross, married with three beautiful kids, lives in North Carolina and is a Master Chief (SEAL) and has been in the Navy for 26 years. Thank you Ross!
Here’s 11-year-old Angelique, who won the bike Saturday night at our raffle. This awesome bike was refurbished by Stafford Creek Correctional Industries, who donated this along with two hand-made birdhouses and a crocheted afghan for our raffle. Congratulations Angelique!
Things have been pretty crazy here at the 7th Street Theatre, and I decided we needed to have something new on our blog. This is a shot I took last night while Cool Hand Luke was playing. It’s a nice thing to see this activity taking place again around downtown Hoquiam. There have been events every week since we reopened on January 25th after being closed for four months for renovations.
Some Like it Hot, screened on Valentine’s Day weekend this year, had a special opportunity to get your picture taken with Marilyn. The theatre volunteers are proud that our own Jamie is a Marilyn look-alike, and here she is with her sweetie, Joe (right).
The photo on the left shows faithful popcorn fans waiting for that perfect popcorn with REAL butter that can only be found at the 7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam.
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!)