Morris Theatre gets a facelift
MORRIS - The Morris Movie Theatre recently received a facade facelift with salvaged glass block tiles from around the country.
Part of the theatre facade is made of rare, antique Vitrolite panels. Vitrolite is pigmented glass that was popular in 1940 when the Morris Theatre was built. Theatre volunteers found a Vitrolite specialist in St. Louis, Mo., who supplied color-matched panels salvaged from buildings across the country.
Last month, tile cutter Scott Banta (below) helped cut the rare panels and installed them on the front of the Theatre.
Earlier this summer, about 20 clear glass blocks on the main facade were also replaced by volunteers Scott Kelly (right, top) and Banta (right, bottom).
The particular style of glass block turned out to be rare, and it took months of looking on Craigslist to find blocks that matched. A young couple living on a former dairy farm near Des Moines, Iowa, salvaged some from a demolished milk house. They packed the blocks in Styrofoam coolers and shipped them to Morris.
The theatre will also be getting an internal upgrade this month. On Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23, the theatre will be making the transition to a digital projector system.