New and improved Wilma

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 28, 2007 at 7:50 am

MISSOULA, MT — Following the mention a few months a go, Instead of being gone forever, the Wilma Theater is coming back after renovations and an all new restaurant next door.

For months, the rumors have run wild about the fate of the Wilma Theater: No more movies. Business offices replacing the funky Red Light/Green Room spaces (once known to locals as the even-more-funky Chapel of the Dove). An Olive Garden restaurant in the basement.

Fortunately for those who love the old high-rise at the center of downtown Missoula, none of those rumors are true.

Wishcamper and his partner, Justin Metcalf, have been busy renovating the theater, replacing the massive stage curtain, upgrading the projection booth, installing new draperies and tapestries, cleaning the seats and floors, and significantly upgrading the backstage dressing rooms and upstairs bathrooms. They’re also adding two new restrooms on the first floor of the theater, which will finally bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read the full story in the Missoulian.

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