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Sneak Peek: Free food, movie at Sun Theatre to show off improvements

Hammering, sawing and stapling is finished at the Sun Theatre.

At least for awhile.

And now the folks involved with Gothenburg Community Playhouse would like to thank the public for donations that helped buy a digital projector and more by hosting a grand opening celebration.

This Saturday, 10th Street (in front of the theatre) will be closed so playhouse volunteers can serve a free barbecue and show a free movie to show their appreciation.

“The Lorax,” a family movie, will be shown at 4 p.m. and “John Carter,” an American science fiction action film, is set to begin at 7 p.m.

“Things are getting close to being in place,” said Sun co-manager Jill Rubenthaler, noting that images digitally projected are incredible and colorful. “And the sound is so good—it’s crystal clear.”

Rubenthaler said the community is encouraged to stroll the main floor and see the changes.

And view the first digital movie ever since the new projector replaced an old one in which 35-millimeter movies had to be transferred to and from reels—a method that is quickly becoming obsolete.

The playhouse kicked off a challenging campaign in August of 2011 in which members hoped to raise $130,000.

So far, donations have totalled more than $130,000, according to playhouse board member Devin Brundage.

Improvements include the purchase and installation of a projector, sound/lighting booth and sound system, a wheelchair accessible area and new curtains to enhance sound.

A drop-down screen will be installed at a later date.

During a final push for donations, Brundage said members hope to raise about $60,000 more to buy and install seats and resurface the original wooden floors and replace the front doors.

Brundage said he hopes the community will be happy with the changes.

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