Sgt. Smith Theater closes for renovation

| July 7, 2011 | 1 Comment
The Post Theater, shown here as it appeared until 1935, was constructed in the Art Deco style by the 3rd Eng. Regt. in 1933. (Courtesy Photo)

The Post Theater, shown here as it appeared until 1935, was constructed in the Art Deco style by the 3rd Eng. Regt. in 1933. (Courtesy Photo)

Vickey Mouzé
Pau Hana Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Sgt. Smith Theater, here, is getting an estimated $600,000 facelift.

The theater will close for renovations July 18-May 2012.

When the historic building reopens, the lobby, restrooms and dressing rooms will have a new coat of paint, according to David Lee, Construction Management office, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

DPW is also overseeing the replacement of the hardwood flooring on the stage.

Plus, the lower auditorium will get new, modern and more spacious seating. While the seating capacity will decrease from 1,500 to 1,328, knee and leg space will increase.

Other upgrades to the auditorium include new carpeting and the installation of LED floor lights.

The Exchange, the entity that operates the theater, is also contributing to the venue’s modernization with a digital sound system for the digital/3-D projection system that is planned for 2013, according to Lori Maggard, food court manager, Hawaii-Exchange. The concession stand will be also upgraded and reconfigured.

The Post Theater, as it looked in 1939, was later renamed to Sgt. Smith Theater, as it is still known today. (Courtesy Photo)

The Post Theater, as it looked in 1939, was later renamed to Sgt. Smith Theater, as it is still known today. (Courtesy Photo)

Constructed by the 3rd Engineer Regiment in 1933 in the Art Deco style, the theater was later renamed to honor Platoon Sgt. Elmelindo Smith, according to Kathleen Ramsden, curator, Tropic Lightning Museum. Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Feb. 16, 1967, for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War with the 4th Infantry Division.

Options for movies

The Exchange won’t be airing movies during the closure; patrons are urged to use the theater on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Visit www.shopmyexchange.com, click on “Reel Time Movies,” and then select region and location from the drop-down menu.

Options for places to hold meetings 

•Contingency Warehouse, Building 1052, Wheeler Army Airfield Gulch. Call 656-2275/2274.

•Post Conference Room, Building 584, Trimble Road, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-5061.

•Conroy Bowl, Building 555, Trimble Road, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-8880.

•Installation Training Center, Building 896, Menoher Road, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-6500.

•Mission Command Training Center, Building 1503, Trimble Road, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-2810/2689.

•9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter Flats. Call 438-1600.

•Brigades have conference rooms; plus, most battalions have conference rooms and classrooms. Dining facilities are also an option.

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  1. Brandon says:

    thats right waste 600,000 on something people barely go to when it could be put into the barracks.

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