Partners in Education - Missouri Theatre Renovations
The historic Missouri Theatre is one of downtown Columbia's oldest buildings. It was first used as a movie theatre, then later as a stage for theatrics and music recitals. The historic theatre was built in 1929. Now, a closer look shows it needs renovation because it's starting to show its age.
"It is where, for seven decades, community members have come and gathered to have an experience," said the theatre's David White.
The theatre's stage has seen many performance, on-screen and live. Various actors and actresses take the stage nowadays, from the professional National Players, who performed "Dracula," to the local youth drama group, PACE.
"Theater can be done anywhere, and I've done it in smaller places than this," explained PACE director Angela Howard, "but I want my students to have the experience of being on a real stage."
In addition to being a setting for theatrics, the Missouri Theatre often shows what life was like in the early 20th century. Before today's special effects and machines, the height of technology was called the Peter Pan door, because if you stepped out of it, you'd better be able to fly. The theatre's owners have donated time and money to its upkeep, and to preserve it for future generations. Now, there may be a more permanent renovation in store for many parts of the theatre, including its sound system and auditorium.