New Plans For Fire Damaged Theater
COLUMBIA -- Almost a year after a fire destroyed the Maplewood Barn Theater, plans for a new theater are about a month away from being ready.
The theater's board is currently looking at new ways raise a little extra money to fund the project. The new theater will be built at Nifong Park, but before that can happen, the theater's president said the board is considering holding a few community events to raise some extra cash. Some of the possibilities might be a casino night in April, an outdoor concert series and even a trivia contest. Officials say the rest of the funding will come from $150,000 from park sales taxes and $100,000 from insurance claims.
City officials said the total cost will be between $250,000 and $325,000. Officials said the new theater will be a combination of a couple of different plans proposed late last summer and will be about the same size as the original barn. The theater president said if the budget permits, besides structural changes, the board will also explore new options for flooring, climate control and indoor plumbing.
Before the fire, theater-goers and actors had to use water from bathrooms that weren't close to the barn if they needed running water.
This season, theater members will perform at other locations around Columbia. Theater directors said they hope the new theater will be up and running for the 2012 season.