Plumbing repairs and a new high-efficiency boiler have put Delaware's Strand Theatre back in business.
Problems that began in late December escalated Jan. 22 when Strand manager Kara Long learned that part of the 18-inch concrete base in the theater's lobby would need to be excavated to make the proper repairs.
Long expected the theater to re-open by Saturday, Jan. 25, but when she reported to work on Jan. 24, the building was cold. She checked the boiler.
"There was ice shooting out of the boiler and lots of broken pipes," Long said according to a news release. "(The boiler) was dead. ... They did an 'autopsy' later, but we'll never know exactly what happened."
The nonprofit Strand Theatre and Cultural Arts Association's board of directors discussed the situation with Hilliard-based Metro Heating and Air Conditioning and decided to replace rather than repair -- or attempt to repair -- the aged boiler. In the news release, Long said the new equipment "looks like a car engine and ... sounds like a Corvette when it starts up."
The Strand reopened Feb. 16. Tax-deductible contributions to the theater's restoration may be made by visiting thestrandtheatre.net/strandcampaign.php or by contacting one of the Strand's "A Century of Cinema" campaign co-chairs Sue Bennington and Jack Hilborn. Bennington's number is 740-369-6243; Hilborn may be reached at 740-369-9641. The mailing address is P.O. Box 111, Delaware 43015.