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Kay Theatre focus shifts to interior

Grant funds used for more construction


Kay Theatre enters new year with framing up work on lobby, restrooms and concession space inside classic quonset hut design. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Kay Theatre enters new year with framing up work on lobby, restrooms and concession space inside classic quonset hut design. Reporter/Mike Brown The outside is restored, now it’s time to focus on the inside.

Rockd a le’s K ay Theat re Foundation, which is restoring the nearly 70-year- old former theatre, as a performing arts-civic meeting venue, has received a $15,000 grant from the Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation of Houston.

L es Davenpor t, Theat re Foundation board chair, said construction of the lobby area, restrooms and concession space is now under way.

“ The Marshall grant will allow the Kay to continue this phase of renovation, providing necessary funding for electrical, plumbing, heat and air,” he said.

“This could not have come at a more opportune time,” Davenport said. “We are delighted to the be the recipient of this generous gift.”



Classic, original touches include reproduction of 1940s lettering, skylight, soft drink sign, light fixtures. After restoration is complete, it will again be “movie night” at the Kay. Classic, original touches include reproduction of 1940s lettering, skylight, soft drink sign, light fixtures. After restoration is complete, it will again be “movie night” at the Kay.



Light and dark. Worker in bright lobby framed by light as seen from dark theatre interior. Theatre sports trademark neon night-time during special occasions. Light and dark. Worker in bright lobby framed by light as seen from dark theatre interior. Theatre sports trademark neon night-time during special occasions.

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