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Theater renovation continues

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Crews rebuild the second balcony seating area on the third floor inside Eagles Theatre. The first phase of the renovation was completed in December, and the Honeywell Foundation expects the theater to reopen later this year.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

Renovations to Wabash’s historic Eagles Theatre continue after the first phase was completed in December.

During phase one, crews made noticeable changes to the facade of the building, located at 106 W. Market St., including new windows, repairs to the sidewalk and the installment of temporary doors below the missing marquee sign.

The four-story building originally built in 1906 will house a fourth floor ballroom, conference room, a multipurpose space on the third floor as well as balconies and theatre suites, a second floor multimedia room, a redesigned lobby and a second theatre in the basement.

In late January, Honeywell Foundation Communications Specialist Michelle Sturble with CFO Kyle Dubois said the new lobby will have an open concept to house concession stands and space unavailable with the theatre’s previous design. Dubois said crews are currently working on soundproofing the basement theater while also leveling the floor of the main entrance to other rooms on the first floor.

Crews are finishing seating on the third floor balcony in the main theatre, which will be handicap accessible, according to Honeywell representatives.

Barring any unforeseen delays, the $7 million two year project may wrap up before the end of 2019.