By Kellen M. Quigley
Springville’s hometown theater for 70 years is undergoing a facelift for its Platinum Anniversary as the Joylan Theater on West Main Street makes its way into the 21st century.
Keith Clark, pastor of Springville Crossing Church, which owns the building, said so far the renovation process is going well.
“Everything is going to plan so far,” he said. “We’re just trying to continue to move forward with it.”
The final movie shown for the summer took place Aug. 8 with renovations beginning the next day. Clark said the project is expected to last through October with movies resuming by the end of the month.
“We’re on schedule for that October time frame,” he added.
So far, the seats inside the theater were removed and the walls were painted, Clark said, as were some other rooms in the building that are being renovated for children’s use, which continued this week.
“There have been some electrical upgrades to the building overall,” he added. “It’s getting close to wrapping some of that up.”
The renovation project is through the partnership of building owners Watermark Wesleyan Church/Springville Crossing and Movie Business owners, Ted and Debby Adams.
Although the project has a few volunteers helping with some areas of the work, Clark said a majority of the renovations are being done by professional contractors.
“Taking out the seats and painting of some of those side rooms were volunteers, but we’ve hired out the electrical work, the building work and painting of the interior of the Joylan itself.”
Clark said he did not have a cost estimate for the project at this time.
Still to come is the installation of the seats, new flooring and carpeting in the theater itself, Clark said. He said they also plan to do some painting and install new carpeting in the rear of the theater as you walk in past the foyer.
“Some of the next stuff is rebuilding the half-wall and adding to some of the stage,” he continued. “We’re just waiting on some drawings for that.”
Finalizing the sale of the building to Springville Crossing was a factor in deciding to do the project now, but Clark said the theater turning 70 years old in the fall was a significant milestone and renovating the Joylan would be a nice way to commemorate that.
“A big goal of ours is to ensure it moves into the future, serving the community and being something people can enjoy going forward,” he said.
Clark said it was his understanding that the seats the removed were original, so he’s hoping this project can help make the theater more comfortable and more usable for the community.
“That’s really the heart of it,” he added.
The movie business is one of two primary tenants of the building, with Springville Crossing Church as the other. The church has held services in the theater since 2012.
Springville Crossing will offer several outdoor services and activities during summer renovation, returning to the theater following renovations in October.
Details about summer events can be found at springvillecrossing.com. For information about the Joylan Theatre, visit joylantheater.com.