The Paradise is proud of its new auditorium renovation, not only for its art deco/tropical theme, but also because of its all new material which replaced old insulation & covering fabric. The first step of the project was to repair leaks in the concrete walls, which had allowed water to seep into the insulation & wall covering. Then remove everything off the walls and clean the walls thoroughly. Then cover with new commercial thermal insulation, anti-bacterial sound insulation, and all new painted fabric. To hide wiring for the surround sound system, wood panels were fabricated, and painted like bamboo.
With generous grants from East Central Regional Arts Council & the Onan Family Foundation, we were able to tackle the entire project of removal, thorough cleaning of walls, then the complete renovation of the auditorium.
Roger Nieboer, a theatre supporter & grant writer, & Eric Carlisle, the Paradise manager, wrote these 2 grants.
The entire project used local artists, a tribute to the quality of local craftsmanship. Keith Raivo, a metal artist, hand made 40 aluminum palm trees that surround the auditorium, sitting above the decorated walls. Eric Carlisle designed the entire auditorium project, & executed the painting of it.
Steve Anderson, a Mora resident who is a lead set builder, including the Coen Brothers MN. filmed movies, designed the structure of the material wall panels, painted bamboo columns that house the surround sound speakers.
With new layers of thermal & sound insulation, & all previous damage being repaired, we have not only created a whole new interior style, but have a 100% clean, healthy theatre for everyone to enjoy your favorite shows!