Proud to report, that we have been busy at work and have now remodeled the second half of the studio! We are working on a lovely changing area for our clients and now have 600+ more square feet to serve you! Here is part two of the progress.
Yes, this is what we started with, but there were more cubicle dividers. Just lovely, isn’t it?
Lots and lots of primer!
And now for the paint!
And yes, the new floor! This area feels so nice, airy and spacious now! Still working on rearranging things and setting them up, but boy has it come a long way! We now have a lovely, usable space! Thank you so much for those who helped me do this because I definitely couldn’t do it alone!!!
January 18, 2010
It continues to be a work in progress, but thanks to the wonderful people around me to support me this space has come a long way! I’m so very excited to see it all come together. It is feeling like home now. This building is very old. There are remains of the diner in the basement from World War II and an old TV repair shop. There are so many treasures to be found. It has been an accounting office for the past 25+ years and the old brick was covered with paneling. Yes, lots of beautiful brown paneling, wallpaper and commercial blue carpet. We were able to restore some of the brick. Unfortunately the tin ceiling is in shambles and the floor couldn’t be recovered, but I love how it has all come together! There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house on Friday, February 19th from 5pm – 7pm. The studio location is at 202 Trowbridge Street in Allegan. I look forward to seeing new and old faces alike!
Before and after of the front main shooting area. Wallpapered paneling was torn down to reveal the natural brick. Trimmed out the window and built a ledge. Thank you to my wonderful father, John, Paul and my mommy for all of your hard work on this whole space!
Replaced the wood door with a glass one to attract foot traffic from the office next door.
My office. So much history. The desks were pulled out of the barn and repainted. They were once in my grandfather’s office downtown. Still working on photos, but the old windows, used as frames, were also from my grandparents house.
The Old Regent Theatre is a film & non-film events theater, with an authentic 1930’s aura, inside and out. It was restored the first time in 1996, and again in 1997, in its Art deco 1930’s style, made popular at the 1925 World’s Fair. The Theatre also has its original 20 x 30 screen, one of the biggest screens in Michigan; a bonus to the film lover, whether watching newly released films or classics of yesteryear. The historic panels in the red seat auditorium were recreated and the original 1930’s red carpeting was restored.
The building which houses the Old Regent Theatre has been transformed and renewed throughout the years to meet the needs of the community. It was originally built to be a horse livery stable back in the late 1800’s. In 1902, the building was transformed into a buick garage. In 1919, the building became a vaudeville theater, and a silent movie house as well. Inspired by the World’s Fair, the theater was given a face-lift in the 1930’s, and redone in the Art Deco style and reopened mainly as a film theater.
One source reports that because of “a series of failed operational attempts,” this theatre was abandoned during the 1980’s, a crummy shell of what it once was during its heyday in the 1930’s. As no one stepped forward to buy this really woe-be-gone fixer upper opportunity, it had a date with the wrecking ball in 1990. Lucky for us all, a non-profit organization, The Old Regent Theatre Company came to the rescue, and began the long process of restoring this theatre to its 1930 glory days.
The Old Regent Theatre had its grand reopening in 1996, once again showing films and hosting events for the benefit of the public. Then, in 1997, a heart-breaking disaster struck. A violent rain storm caved in the roof, ruining the inside of the theater. The miracle was that it happened just 1 hour after the theater had closed for the night, and no one was hurt.
The city of Allegan stepped up to the plate this time, and paid off the remaining morgage of 18,000 dollars. With the help from various state and local grants, the pain-staking process of reparing and restoring once again the Old Regent Theatre began and was completely restored for the second time.