WABASH—The Honeywell Foundation announced that the Eagles Theatre is just weeks away from re-opening.
Located in downtown Wabash, the theater has been under renovation for more than two years — a project that has transformed the 114-year-old building, said a news release from the Honeywell Foundation.
Originally constructed in 1906, the Eagles Theatre entertained crowds with energetic vaudeville performances. With the re-opening, Eagles will offer visitors from all over the region an opportunity to see live performances, watch a movie, or attend a special event in a truly unique setting.
The four-story renovated arts and entertainment facility will feature two theaters – the original Eagles Theatre and the new Ferguson Theatre. The 560-seat Eagles Theatre combines nostalgia with modern upgrades and amenities. The historical integrity of the 114-year-old theater has been maintained while adding comfortable seating, private upper balcony suites, and state-of-the-art projection, sound and lighting. The Eagles Theatre will offer movie showings and live concerts and performances.
The Ferguson Theatre, in the lower level, is a new addition to the building. The 50-seat movie theater will offer first-run movies as well as sensory-friendly showings, independent films, student showcases.
The top floor of Eagles will feature the Parkview Ballroom, one of the more extensive features of the renovation. As one of the original rooms of the 1906 construction, the elegant event space has been restored to its former glory with hand-painted ceilings and other intricate details and features. Full catering is available, making the Ballroom a perfect place for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and other special events and celebrations.
Additional floors of Eagles will house several conference rooms available for rental, music lesson rooms, and media arts classrooms where students will learn audio and video production and editing.
During the month of March, the theater will host several opportunities to experience special movies and live performances. Kicking off these offerings, is a special performance by Wabash’s own, Crystal Gayle on Saturday, Feb. 29. A full list of the special March preview events is available at EaglesTheatre.com.
“We’re grateful for the partners and support that have helped us breathe new life into this incredible structure. Our goal is to provide a space where there’s something for everyone, whether it’s entertainment, arts, events, or education,” said Tod Minnich, President/CEO of The Honeywell Foundation. “We are proud of what Eagles brings to the region and we can’t wait to share this incredible renovation with our community and beyond.”