LACONIA — The Belknap Economic Development Council has invited the general public to visit the Colonial Theatre, where the demolition work begun in the spring has been completed, offering unobstructed views of the foyer, lobby, auditorium and stage.
Justin Slattery, executive director of the council, said Friday that the theater will be open to the public during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays coming up: Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Slattery said that the project is still in the design and engineering phase, working on fitting the theater with modern lighting, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems that comply with contemporary building codes as a major priority. In the meantime, the partitions that divided the auditorium into five motion-picture theaters, along with most of the seating, have been removed, exposing the expanse and decor of the auditorium.
"This is an opportunity for the public to view the theater, which will not be accessible once the renovation process begins," he said.