Ren­o­va­tion work re­sumes at Payson the­ater

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Many peo­ple have been ask­ing, “What’s hap­pen­ing with the Huish The­ater? When’s it go­ing to be fin­ished?” The ex­te­rior im­prove­ments are ob­vi­ous. The photo shows the up­graded ex­te­rior of the build­ing as it stands to­day com­pared to 2006 be­fore ren­o­va­tion be­gan. The in­te­rior im­prove­ments are not so ob­vi­ous. Much had been ac­com­plished both in­side and out up un­til Jan­uary of this year when the the­ater’s owner, Gor­don Tay­lor passed away and fundrais­ing ceased.

With Face­book and var­i­ous on­line fundrais­ing web­sites, the project can now move for­ward again with help from the pub­lic. The new web­site, http://huish­pace.com, will be com­ing on­line shortly and will have lots of great de­tails about the ren­o­va­tion progress. There are a lot of ex­cit­ing fea­tures planned that will make the Huish Per­form­ing Arts and Cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion (PACE) Cen­ter a truly re­mark­able venue whose time has come in the south end of Utah County.

Ren­o­va­tion will take place in phases as funds be­come avail­able. Phase 1 plans are in place at this writ­ing to in­stall ADA-com­pli­ant re­strooms in the rental unit just east of the main en­trance. The other two rental spa­ces along Utah Av­enue will be out­fit­ted as a small per­for­mance venue for dance classes, a com­edy club, ar­eas for mu­sic lessons and per­for­mances, and other such uses. Once this venue is ready to go and a cash flow is gen­er­ated, Phase 2 will be­gin, which will fo­cus on the in­side of the build­ing, in­clud­ing the au­di­to­rium. A 56 foot by 42 foot stage was com­pleted in 2013, elec­tri­cal ser­vice was up­graded, some seis­mic up­grades were made, a wa­ter­proof mem­brane was in­stalled on the roof, the old coal boiler and chim­ney were re­moved and re­placed with a new HVAC sys­tem, a steel beam was fab­ri­cated which will sup­port a new bal­cony that will be added, a new of­fice/con­fer­ence room was com­pleted on the sec­ond floor, and a new, all-vol­un­teer the­ater board of trustees was formed to head up the project.

A go­fundme.com ac­count has been setup (www.go­fundme.com/27z6xzr9) as well as a Face­book page (http://face­book/huish­pace). You can also do­nate at any Cen­tral Bank branch un­der the name Huish PACE. Since all the work will be done in phases, only small amounts need to be raised at a time. Large or small, any and all do­na­tions will help and will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Huish PACE is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, mak­ing all do­na­tions tax de­ductible.

Lo­cated at 98 W. Utah Ave., the Huish The­ater was built by the David Huish fam­ily in 1948. Movies were shown there for many years be­fore the the­ater closed in Jauary of 2002.

The Huish The­ater in Payson is shown be­fore and af­ter its ex­te­rior up­grades in 2006 and 2016. Ren­o­va­tion work is again mov­ing for­ward at the build­ing.

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