|Photo Erik Hansen|
"Steve and Jay met with the building inspector yesterday and there is a back room we weren't planning on finishing before opening, but the building inspector says it has to be complete before we can open for business. This is discouraging because it means we have to tear down a wall and bring that part of the ceiling up to code. We continue making plans to open this summer because WE WILL OPEN THIS SUMMER! It just probably won't be in the next couple of weeks, which is what we hoped."
And then on June 9th
"We got a lot done on the theatre this weekend. We predict it is going to take us three or four weeks to finish the back room. I forgot to mention last time, that the building inspector has also asked us to replace the beams in the rear entrances to the theatre since they are kind of old (everything is more than kind of old in this building). This is of course going to take some time, but we got started on it and are optimistic about the whole thing.
|Some of the troubles they've had to deal with.|
As a bonus, this gives us some time to get other things done we really wanted to get done before we open. Such as finishing the fire alert system. The Fine Arts Theatre never had any sort of fire alert system (which is kind of baffling to us after seeing the fried wiring and general fire hazard the building used to be). The Fire Chief recommended we install one and we heartily agree. Nothing matters more to us than the safety of our patrons so we are going forward with putting in the new fire alert system, which should be done by the time we open! Wahoo! Safer building, sounds like a good plan to me."
Right now, knowing all the work and trouble that has gone into repairing the theater, I am so grateful that someone else didn't come along and turn it into a parking lot. Steve Trumble and Melanie Perry have invested so much time and money into this project that there's no way that it won't be a movie theater. I think we should all be happy that they came along when they did. And when the time comes, hopefully we can all get behind supporting them in the funding campaign to get the projectors they're going to need.