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Old is Almost New Again
We can now imagine the Kettle Falls Theater, built in 1940 by Henry Wood, will continue into the future as a dynamic venue for the performing arts. Widespread community support and diligent stewardship have kept the theatre humming since the original members of the current Woodland Productions made it their performance base in 1978. Beginning in 2015 the Grants/Funding Committee and the Woodland Board of Directors began a number of major projects to add stability to our building and increase safety, accessibility, and comfort for both performers and audience members.
**************** CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PHASE ONE 2015-2019 *****************
Assistive Hearing Devices by Williams Sound are now available thanks to a grant from Empire Health Foundation.
A rebuilt smooth stage surface is in place for dance and set movements, thanks to funding from the Colville Vinson Fund and the extensive efforts of Sean Taboloff.
A three-part heating and ventilation system with air conditioning and improvements in weatherization is working thanks in part to a Community Strategies Grant from the Inland NW Community Foundation and the efforts of Andrew Urbaniak.
A 2017 façade facelift, returning the theatre to its more iconic look, started with replacing the 1970's-era barn boards with a new stucco exterior below the roof line and adding new double-pane windows, all done with Woodland Capital Campaign funds.
A newly redesigned entryway with consistent steps and strong, artistic handrails was completed with all design, construction and materials contributed by Ben Aherley and Andrew Unbaniak.
Two permanent poster display cases and a large letter marquee have been installed on the rebuilt façade thanks to a grant from the Colville Vinson Fund.
Safety improvements were made to the handicap exit, including lighting, handrails, and a roof to shed snow and rain, funded in part by a 2017-2018 Empire Health Grant.
A 2018 grant from Inland NW Community Foundation allowed the upper façade work to proceed. New stucco was completed between curved parapets in 2019. The front roof is now returned to being flat, shedding water towards the east, avoiding the front sidewalk.
Last in this series was a project to replace the deteriorating stucco on the back portion of the theatre and enclose the porch, soffits and gable ends. WA State Heritage Capital funds were secured to cover much of this work. Instead, damage to the underlying sructure was discovered and the State grant was used to build a protective envelope and flat roof over the entire backstage area. A new interpretive sign was installed by the theatre's lobby entrance as part of this project.
**************** CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PHASE TWO 2020-(2024) *****************The façade is now ready for an illuminated WOODLAND THEATRE tower to be installed, as time and funding allow. The new look will be reminiscent of the original 1940's theatre.
Rebuilding the backstage to one level with more space and improved accessibility is now underway.
Additional funding and extensive volunteer time will be crucial for this.
you to all who have contributed !!!!