PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg Borough Council occasionally hears from a representative from the Rowland Theatre about upcoming events, which was the case at Monday night’s council meeting.
Kevin Conklin of the Rowland Theatre thanked council for its recent $5,000 donation, with Conklin saying tickets sold to moviegoers over the past five years have been well.
“Basically, we average around 12,000 tickets sold per year for movies,” Conklin said, with 2015 having nearly 17,000 tickets sold.
Rowland Theatre representatives spoke to council in October about its plans to replace the stage and Conklin gave an update on that project.
Conklin said on Saturday, Feb. 16 the theater will have a dinner and a movie. The dinner will be catered by Paul Adler of Adler’s Market and the movie “Charade.” Tickets for this event will be sold beforehand and are limited since dinner will take place on the current stage.
After Feb. 16, Conklin said there are no further events scheduled until April and they will begin work on replacing the stage floor during that time.
“Pre-Cut Lumber (of Allport) is milling the wood,” Conklin said. “We’re replacing the whole floor.”
There will also be some electrical work involved as well as potential heating.
Once the new stage is installed, a group from the Howard area will put on “Passion Play” on April 7. In May, the theatre will once again host the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and then on Memorial Day weekend, the ‘80s tribute band Rubix Kube will take the stage.
Conklin again thanked council for its donation, to which council members and others said they were happy to support it.
“It’s our theater,” Mayor John Streno said. “It’s the borough’s theater.”
“Thank you so much for everything you do there,” President Barb Gette told Conklin.