Sgt. Smith Theater renovation, temporary closing begins March 12

| February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Smith Theater (file photo)


Kristen Wong

Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — From March 12 through Oct. 31, the Sgt. E.R. Smith Theater will be closed for renovation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Anderson Burton Construction, Inc., will be working on the theater’s two catwalks and lights.

The project, which began designing in January 2017, costs approximately $1.8 million.

According to Clyde Inouye, an electrical engineer with the Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, the wooden catwalks are currently a safety hazard for DPW workers who use it to access the theater lights for replacement.

Inouye said the new catwalk will be made of steel and will reach previously inaccessible areas of the theater. He estimates that the current catwalks only reach 20 percent of the areas with lighting.

In addition, the approximately 350 incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures will be replaced by LED lamps. He said these new improvements will “increase longevity of the theater.”

The theater has been standing since 1933, according to the Tropic Lightning Museum website. In its earlier days, the theater seated 1,400 people and was designed in the Art Deco architecture style.

In 1967, the building was named after Staff Sgt. Elmelindo Smith of Honolulu, a posthumous Medal of Honor recipient. Smith was awarded for his actions in a reconnaissance patrol with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, on Feb. 16, 1967, according to the American Forces Press Service.

Alternative Military Theaters

Other military installations have theaters available for service and family members:

Sharkey Theater

  • Location is Moore Street, Bldg. 628, Pearl Harbor
  • Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 2:30, 4:45 and 7 p.m.

K-Bay Theater

  • Location is E Street, Bldg. 219, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
  • Showtimes are Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Hickam Memorial Theater

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