Civic Theatre

Allentown, PA

The Civic Theatre of Allentown is a local theater company that produces high quality community productions in their historic 19th Street Theatre, which was built in 1928. The Theatre completed their first major renovation 90 years after the building originally opened. EverGreene was able to partake in this restoration partnering with Mills + Schnoering Architects based out of New Jersey.

The EverGreene artists and craftsmen worked to bring back the beauty of the Art Deco murals and decorative features with fresh paint and plaster repair. Water damage and decades of smoke and soot covered the ceilings and walls, along with damaging the ornamental plaster on the arches and doorways which required to be cast in molds and recreated/replaced in sections while others need intense cleaning and restoration to bring life back to the original decor.

Art Deco design elements are everywhere in the theater, many of them obscured over the years. A row of pastel blue and peach murals at the back of the theater has been a major focus. Shielded for years under silk curtains, the murals are in surprisingly good shape but require painstaking restoration. Below the murals, a row of carved plaster that had been covered with air conditioning ductwork is now exposed, adding another layer of beauty.