Neon was turned on last week at Springfield’s Mars Theatre, as the renovated venue was prepared for its grand opening.
The 220-seat “boutique” theater will be unlike anything in the Coastal Empire, according to Tommy Deadwyler, director of cultural affairs for the city of Springfield, which owns the building.
The theater, which closed in 1957, has been undergoing renovations for 10 years. It has state-of-the-art lighting, movie and sound equipment and seats that are roomier than in a typical theater.
IF YOU GO
What: Mars Theatre opening weekend
When: The Greencards, 8 p.m. April 25; Von Grey, 8 p.m. April 26; Essie Mae Brooks, 2 p.m. April 27
Where: Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield
Cost: $15 per show
Info: www.marstheatre.com, 754-1118
The seats also have cup holders and the venue will sell beer and wine.
The goal is to provide a comfortable experience that will keep people coming back for more, Deadwyler said.
A ribbon will be cut at 6:45 p.m. on April 25. Bluegrass band The Greencards is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be the first movie shown in the renovated space. A sneak preview on May 1 will be offered before the movie is shown nationwide May 2.