Work on the Proscenium Arch Restoration project at Electra’s historic Grand Theatre started last week, according to theatre board members.
The project will restore the badly water-damaged arch and surrounding wall surfaces and repair arch lighting and footlights. Work should be completed in time for Electra’s 2016 Homecoming activities in September. Glenda Ramsey, AIA, of Harper Perkins Architects is project architect and Calvin Davis of Marathon Building Company is general contractor.
The arch repair project has been the focus of fundraising efforts in recent years, and is made possible by financial support from The Priddy Foundation, the Bryant Edwards Foundation, the Fain Foundation, Business Development Corporation of Electra, in-kind professional services, and many donors and local volunteers.
In 2007, Electra Grand Theatre, Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization to refurbish the wonderful old Grand Theatre in Electra, Texas. After years of neglect by a non-resident owner, the theatre was deeded back to the City of Electra with a monumental task of returning it to a functional building.
Although it looks like an existing theatre on the exterior, the interior was almost completely destroyed because of a faulty roof -- ruining the complete floor system, all seating, the balcony and stage, and many of the architectural details which gave the building its unique personality.
The Grand is an architectural treasure which - with some loving care - can be returned to its former state as a center for family entertainment in this small north Texas town.
Because of Building Code improvements from 1920 there are new rules which dictate our making the building safe, fireproof and handicap accessible. These new rules are necessary …. but expensive.
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