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Reopening: Grays Harbor, WA – 7th St. Theatre

Historic 7th St. Theatre to show off its most recent improvemtents Saturday night

BY JACOB JONES – The Daily World

Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:13 AM PST

Inside the newly restored auditorium of the more than 80-year-old 7th St. Theatre, the stars are ready to shine again.

With an “atmospheric” auditorium, the 7th St. Theatre interior recreates a Spanish garden complete with a night sky of twinkling light bulbs arching over murals of leafy trees and lavish balconies.

Over the years, the sky got dingy.

Saturday night, theater supporters are putting on what they are calling a “Starlight Celebration” to show off the improvements, and the public is welcome.

Switching on the light-bulb stars in the newly repainted skyscape will mark the end of a massive three-month restoration, said theater board member Mickey Thurman. “It’s just amazing,” she said.

Local officials will honor the opening with speeches, music and drinks. The free Starlight Celebration is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

After months of putty and painting, the scaffolding has come down and the lights are ready to illuminate the new walls, ornamentation and ceiling work.

Aging floral murals along the walls were cleaned and preserved while ornamental molding was repaired throughout the intricately decorated auditorium.

Thurman said nationally recognized restoration specialists EverGreene Architectural Arts of New York completed the $250,000 project. State grants funded much of the work.

via The Daily World.

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