Chief Theater ready to jam
Steamboat Springs — When the Chief underwent remodeling in the 1980s, much of the theater was updated to its shiny hard-wood, new-vintage style, but there’s another room that Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater, still wants to modify.
What’s now an old movie hall off to the side of the main theater will soon be renovated to be a multi-use, state-of-the-art green room.
“Right now, really big acts are having to do their makeup in a room where lighting’s not so great and use the main bathrooms,” Parker said.
But the new green room will feature a kitchenette, bathrooms and more, as well as a section of padded dance floor that Parker expects can also be rented out during the day.
A fundraiser supporting this renovation is just as exciting. The Noise, the second annual lip sync air band competition, is set 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the downtown Steamboat Springs theater.
The Young Professionals Network group will be defending its winning title with an act Parker expects to bring down the house, but until Parker climbs the stage into the spotlight and announces this year’s winners, the competition is anyone’s game.
“There are costumes, props, everything,” Parker said. “People really put a lot of work into it. Last year, it was just a really, really good time all around.”
The deadline for teams to sign up to perform in this year’s event has passed, but general admission tickets, which include the opportunity to be part of the audience, bid in the silent auction and enjoy free food from Wild Plum, are available for $20. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and groups will begin performing at 7 p.m.
Friends of the Chief is shooting to raise $20,000 with this event. According to Parker, the permit for the green room project should be finalized in the next few weeks, and the Chief plans to begin demolition work as soon as possible.
Parker said the renovation should take only about a month.
Items that will be available in the silent auction include a Pedego bike, VIP passes to WinterWonderGrass, all-access passes to Movement Fest, a Charlie Daniels autographed fiddle, a Pearl Jam autographed guitar and plenty more goodies.
“Local businesses are amazing when it comes to fundraisers,” Parker said. “Most items are donated.”
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