My husband and I are “friends” of a 1928 movie house in a nearby city. TV Stevie has attended their annual film festival since its inception. I started attending with him several years ago.
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 festival was postponed for a year.
A year off, right? Nope.
Using a $2.5 million dollar grant from the state, theater management used the “closed” time to renovate the theater to its 1939 appearance. 1939 was the year the theater received its original face lift. The result is stunning.
Gone are the white paddle fans someone installed on ceiling, along with the peeling paint & plaster. The hand-painted fabric wall covering is still in the process of being restored by a local artist and her paint brushes. The seats have been reupholstered in the same fabric used in 1939. Even the carpeting has been replaced by new carpeting remade to the original 1939 specifications by the same company. The lights in the overhead dome have been repaired. I list only a few of the many refreshed items.
The original 1928 Moeller theatre organ also got an overhaul.
When we attended the grand reopening of the theatre back in July, I had a chance to really listen and see the organist, David Peckham, in action. Always before, the organ was the accompaniment to a movie or was played during intermissions during the festival. At the grand reopening, there was a concert to show off the organ. The spotlight was on the manuals.
The money was well spent. The folks at the Capitol Arts Complex are doing great things to revitalize their city’s downtown.