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Renovating the downtown WB Theatre: hydraulic floor, large window to the east and a potential major investor waiting in the wings. Click here for a new picture

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Dec. 21, 2016 – West Bend, WI – Plans are still being cobbled together by people trying to renovate the downtown West Bend Theatre.

On Monday, http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com broadcast live the unveiling of plans to retain the facade and marquee of the building and the raze the remainder.

David Stroik with Zimmerman Architectural Studios presented details on an open-air park that would be terraced to the riverwalk to the east.

A new graphic (see right) released by Stroik shows a view to the west. The blue and red canopy on top and on the wall a historic reminder of the theatre’s past.

 

New designs for those looking to restore the theatre include a proposed hydraulic floor and cutting a large window into the wall behind the stage for additional natural light should the theatre be turned into a hall for receptions.

Plans have honed in on an entertainment-and-education complex with a goal of not only restoring the theatre’s historical significance, but breathing new life and purpose into it.

Another proposal includes saving some of the historic fixtures in the theatre and incorporating them into the wall of the open-air plan; a hat tip of sorts to history past.
The crux of the open-air plan and the restoration plan both need financing.

The open-air venue has offered numbers between $400,000 and $600,000 depending on bathroom amenities.

The rough estimation on restoring the theatre has started at $750,000 up to $2 million.

Theatre owner Matt Prescott paid $100,000 for the building in May 2007. While the property is still assessed at $100,000, Prescott has mentioned an asking price of $250,000.

Earlier this week a potential investor toured the theatre.

“Too much history to destroy” was the primary comment.

Stay tuned for exclusive details at http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com

 

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