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Nearly 100-year-old Blackfoot theatre undergoes restoration

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI) - In early January, the Nuart Theatre in Blackfoot was selected by the Idaho Heritage Trust to receive $49,000 in funding to support the restoration of the historic building.

The money provided by this award will go directly to refurbishing the seat cushions to make the theater more comfortable for patrons.

Sharon Hoge, the President of the Blackfoot Community Players, the volunteer organization that owns and operates the Nuart Theatre wrote in an emailed statement:

“The Nuart Theatre is the preserved gem of downtown Blackfoot and provides opportunities to perform and view the arts in our area. Our goal has been and always will be to maintain the historic integrity of our theater. With this grant we will be refurbishing the seat bottoms to make them more comfortable and safer for our patrons. They are quite old and need to be updated and repaired. Because the Nuart Theatre is nearing its 100th birthday, it is important that we maintain the historic accuracy of the building, and that is why we are choosing to refurbish the seats instead of replacing them with more modern seating. It is a one-of-a-kind theater in Idaho, and maintaining the historic accuracy will keep this theater an historic gem for many generations to come.”

Auditions for the Blackfoot Community Players upcoming fall musical start Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information, click HERE.

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