For more than 25 years, the back wall has had a problem with rainwater penetration. It’s getting worse. During the rainy season, and worse during storms, water runs down the back wall on the inside next to the stage. Since this is a south-facing wall it gets the full brunt of the weather.
The wall is huge—70 feet high by 95 feet along the widest portion. Several treatments have been applied during the past 20 years, but have not helped and have ended up making the situation worse. The elastomeric and tar coatings have deteriorated and created small pockets which trap the rainwater. The water can’t escape and works its way into the inside of the theatre, on the stage back wall.
We hired a an exterior envelope consultant and have been working with our architect to come up with a permanent solution. A metal rain shield will be applied to the entire back wall, the flyloft roof will be replaced, and we hope to raise enough funding to extend the rain shield around to the alley side of the flyloft wall. This treatment has been approved by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
The cost to replace the flyloft roof (which is part of the problem) and to place a rain shield on the back wall is $238,000. The alley side will be an additional $58,000, for a total of $296,000 for the entire project. As of November 2017, we have raised $120,000, consisting of:
$75,000 from our savings
$35,000 grant from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation
$5,000 charitable gift from Timberland Bank
$5,000 in private donations
We’re almost halfway there! We are working on more grant applications at this time, and asking for additional donations from the community. When the community supports our projects it is very beneficial in obtaining funding from foundations.
The 7th Street Theatre has been an integral part of Grays Harbor for almost 90 years. We present classic films all year long, a young artist showcase, provide a beautiful historic venue for renters like the Hoquiam School District, Miss Grays Harbor, the 7th Street Kids, dance studios, and many others. Over 12,000 people attend the theatre every year!