What started as a transformation has now become a complete restoration, and Crown Theatre owner Brad Strom couldn’t be happier.

A hydraulic lift currently sits just inside the old theater’s entrance as masons continue to restore the facade’s original brickwork. The old wooden front on the theater at 19 N. Court St. in Crown Point has now been completely torn off, revealing brick that was in surprisingly good shape, Strom said.

The building’s big surprise, however, is contained on the inside. In July, an electrical problem came up, so workers started to pull down the walls to get to it. As they did, they discovered a fully intact, hand-crafted barn ceiling extending the theater’s length.

Strom and the team decided the approach of salvaging as much as they could cosmetically just wouldn’t do. Sure, it’s added considerable expense to the project, Strom said, but there was also no way he could ignore what they found.


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