Playhouse Theater seeks new seating for interior update

Ever since the Playhouse Theater in Mott reopened over a decade ago, efforts have been made to repair and renovate to enhance the experience of the its theater-goers.

Brad Greff (left) hands Playhouse Theater Manager Deb Marthaller a donation check. Greff along with Farmer’s Union Insurance donated $2,000 towards new seating in the theater.
Brad Greff (left) hands Playhouse Theater Manager Deb Marthaller a donation check. Greff along with Farmer’s Union Insurance donated $2,000 towards new seating in the theater.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Ever since the Playhouse Theater in Mott reopened over a decade ago, efforts have been made to repair and renovate to enhance the experience of the its theater-goers.

Now they’re preparing to take another step in improving the environment of the theater, and the project aims at the overall comfort level of its patrons.

The seating.

The Playhouse Theater is in the beginning stages of raising funds to replace antiquated and deteriorating chairs in the actual theater portion of the building.

“We’re still working on the details,” said Deb Marthaller, Manager of the Playhouse Theater.

As time has moved on so has the condition of the chairs. Plastic has fallen off, and evidence of this is present each night they sweep the floor and notice bits and pieces in the dust pile.

According to Marthaller, solving the seating issue has been a work in progress for a few years. But many times when they have had the funds, another project arises and chair project takes a back seat.

Last year the theater needed a new roof, and the funds were used for that project.

But they seemingly have most of the other projects out of the way, and now they can focus on the seating. Since the reopening the video equipment has been updated, the roof has been fixed and the bathrooms have been renovated. People often ask Marthaller if the seating is the last big project for the theater.

“It’s an old building, you never know what’s going to come up next,” Marthaller said. “But this is where we’re trying to work on.”

At first they were only going to replace the middle section of seating because the side seating is in good condition. However, ordering more chairs may lower the cost per seat, and they might be able to reseat the whole theater.

Though they have had one fundraiser, a ‘dinner and a movie’ event at the theater, a local business owner got the fundraising into a higher gear.

Farmer’s Union Insurance representative Brad Greff gave the theater $2,000 towards the project.

A portion of the donation was from North Dakota Farmers Union with another portion coming from Brad Greff Agency.

“Brad’s was a great kick-off donation,” Marthaller said.

Greff was born and raised in Regent and has been a business owner in Mott for 19 years.

When looking to donate to a local cause, Greff thought the theater serves the widest variety of people in the community.

“This was a better way for me to donate money, I thought it would enhance a lot more people from every different age bracket,” Greff said. “I know that they need new seats and so I just thought it would be a very good place to go with that money.”

Greff also added that he feels he’s helping out the community, and said he feels Farmer’s Union can do the same with its services.

Though they are still in the early stages of planning, Marthaller said they would try to figure out a way for the whole area to be included in the fundraiser and the new seating.

“We’re a community theater,” Marthaller said.

The theater has showings are  on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

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