It may be slow going, but the new State Theatre is starting to come together. The latest renovation project started a year and a half ago, and has been going non-stop ever since.
"There's a lot to be done, there was a lot of equipment in here from 1926, so it was obsolete. We've had to run all new boiler systems, all new water lines, all new plumbing," Board of Directors President Stacy Newcomb-Weiland said.
A steel cover is all that remains of a boiler that once took up an entire room. Now, the same work the boiler did is being done by something much smaller and more efficient. It may not be the most elegant work, but the changes in the basement are vital.
"The year has not been took exciting to look at for others, but very exciting for us because it has to be done in order to open the theatre," Newcomb-Weiland said.
Upstairs is the what Stacy Newcomb-Weiland considers the heart of the project, the lobby. Crews are using old photos to recreate what it once was, maintaining its historical significance.
"A lot of times that design, when you start changing it, the building stops working in the same way. So, you have to kind of honor the history and then, of course, bring in new and safe equipment," Newcomb-Weiland said.
There is one big piece of the puzzle that still needs work, and that is the auditorium. In order to open to the public, the group behind the transformation will need the public's help once again.
"We can't get an official date. It's all dependent on donations and pledges coming in. So, as soon as money comes in, we spend it and we try to spend it wisely in the direction of opening the building as soon as possible," Newcomb-Weiland said.
Progress is definitely being made at the State Theatre to give the building a new look, but at the same time maintain that historical feel.
Donations and pledges are still being accepted to help in the State Theatre renovations. You can help the project by visiting the State Theatre website.