At 73 years old, the SCERA theater is getting a makeover.ImageJason Olson, Deseret Morning NewsEric Mansfield works to remove seats from the SCERA theater Wednesday as part of a project to renovate the landmark using a $1 million donation from Xango. The five-week face-lift began this week as construction crews ripped out theater seats, tore up carpet and prepped the walls, said SCERA President and CEO Adam Robertson. The seats were gone by Wednesday, allowing construction workers access to the floor, which will be sandblasted and finished, then carpeted in some areas.
By Thanksgiving, the Xango Grand Theater should be ready for holiday movies.
“Basically, it’s everything we have right now, only all brand new,” Robertson said. It is the first step in converting the old building into a state-of-the-art home for plays, movies, concerts and art programs.
“We have a five-year plan for the theater, and this first year is just to take everything we have now and make it brand new,” Robertson said. “Next year, we start upgrading the theatrical side of things.”
The face-lift is made possible by a $1 million gift from Xango, a Lehi-based company that markets juice made from the mangosteen fruit.