Work continues on historic theater

GRAFTON—The Manos Steering Committee met last week in the Grafton City Council Chambers to discuss the progress so far on the theatre.

City Manager, Kevin Stead reported that the new front doors have been approved for purchase by the city council.

The door trim and the ticket window’s trim will also be replaced when they put in the new doors.  The two doors, the side lights on the doors and trim for doors and ticket window will come in right around $10,000. 

Stead said that they originally looked at wooden doors, but they would have had to have been custom made because of the odd sized opening. Wooden doors would have cost $12,000 for each side, so they went with commercial doors. 

Stead revealed that Royal Glass will be doing the work for the door installation.

He also reported that all asbestos has been removed from the Manos. The asbestos removal cost around $10,000. 

There was asbestos wrapped piping that was found in the basement near the women’s restroom this winter. The committee hopes that this is indeed the last of the asbestos.

The roof has also been repaired where a vent pipe exited through the roof. Stead said that that the leak from the previous roof and vent pipe has caused some severe damage to the back of the stage.

“The stage to the back of the building, where it had leaked around the vent pipe years ago, not with the current roof, has caused major deterioration behind the screen. One the screen was taken down, and you could see where the stage was rotted. You don’t want to step anywhere near that area right now,” Stead explained.

He went on to say that, “Once the pool closes this fall, my job is to get in there and rebuild the back of that stage.”

In some upsetting news, Stead let the committee know that the grant for the HVAC system has been denied. The grant, a 50/50 grant, also would have covered new gas lines and the cleaning of the duct work.

In reviewing the approximate current finances, Stead said that there is $40,000 given by the city, the money that has been raised locally and though they have not received it yet, $25,000 left by an estate. Stead estimated the final number at somewhere around $75,000-$80,000 dollars, without having the statements in front of him.

That number also does not reflect the cost of the doors and the asbestos removal, according to Stead.

He noted that the cost of a new HVAC system will be over $40,000,   

While discussing the outside of the building, it was reported that Arch Coal will be coming soon to remove steel high beams off of the building, that supported the previous marquee. 

The sidewalk in front of the theatre will also be removed and new footers will be put along the front of the building. Also, the front of the marquee next to the bump out in front will have a footer poured around it too to support the front of the marquee. 

Stead said most, if not all, the wiring that the county commission paid for is complete. The wiring was redone throughout the building. 

It was also reported that there have been approximately 55,000 bricks cleaned, which is about half of what it will take to finish the front of the building.

To help restore this piece of history and have the doors open again, the next fundraiser will take place on October 11-12, when Theatre on Main hosts their dinner theatre murder mystery, “Cafe Murder.”  Like Theatre on Main’s Facebook page and stay tuned to the Mountain Statesman for upcoming ticket sales for the event.

Those wishing to help but who will be unable to attend the show can make donations to the historic building. Donations also can be given anytime to the city directly.   


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