Showboat Theatre “refreshes” for holiday season

Pat Coulter takes five from a cleanup at the Showboat Theatre. She’s excited about the new look and is grateful to have help from the community that has made this “refreshening” project possible.

The Showboat Community Theatre on 4th Street is sprucing up for the holidays. Board member Pat Coulter says renovation of the theater is a work in progress, though the group is calling the current improvements a “refreshening,” since steam cleaning and painting the floors, painting the walls and installing new carpeting are the major activities.

“The carpeting was buckling so bad out here (gesturing towards the lobby) that people could trip on it, so we said ‘That’s it—we’ve got to do something,’” she said.

Pat is grateful for the Hermann Jaycees organization that has helped to fund the carpet project, which required scraping up the foam underlayment—not a fun job, but Sam Stephan and Zach Stobart were up to the task.

“We decided it was also time to repair the lower walls, which have now been patched with plaster over rock wall and completely repainted,” said Pat. 

Milferd Elfline steam cleaned the floors, prepping the seating area for painting.

“Then Doug Smith, Mark Brooks and their crew came and put a new coat of paint down,” she added. “We’d like to do some other things, but it is only as funds allow and that’s a real challenge.”

Pat says Dec. 2 is the target date to have the carpeting installed, so they’ll be ready for the movie the next weekend, Fri. Dec. 13, when the Showboat screens “Aladdin,” presented by Scenic Regional Library. On Sat., Dec. 14, Becky Viola returns to the Showboat Theatre stage in her one woman show "My First...Last Show!”

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