many exterior details were restored and
the building’s facade was returned to its
original red, black, and white color scheme.
pretty sad shape by the time we got to it, so
there wasn’t much to save,” says Gervens.
“The proscenium is beautiful and still needs
some repair work done — maybe that can be
a future renovation. Adding the balcony [over-
looking Broadway] provides an outdoor seating
area but also references the marquee.”
Mostue wanted to keep more, but it was
impossible. “The stamped metal ceiling was
rotted and dangerous,” he says. “There were
roof leaks that damaged it.” The screen was
crumbling, so multimedia presentations are
done on a new plaster wall. The box office,
hidden behind a warehouse garage door,
had to be removed in order to level the
entrance to comply with the Americans with
Disabilities Act. The entry’s terrazzo floor with
“Broadway” spelled out also was removed and
saved for future use.
The facade’s restoration included
returning to the theater’s black, red, and
white paint scheme, while Gervens selected
tangerine, powder blue, red, and cream for
interior walls. The foyer is adorned with a
colorful frieze of tiles made by past and present Mudflat potters.
With the project complete, Gervens,
who joined Mudflat in 1973 as an instructor,
plans to carve out time to work in one of the
new studios. “I love throwing and altering the
pots,” she says, but that’s been impossible to
do for years. This appealing new space should
change all that.
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