Morning News-Lisa Lete
Local painter and volunteer Rhonda Wixom's task of restoring the inside of Blackfoot's classic Nuart Theatre was not a job for the faint of heart. Wixom stands high on a scaffold inside the old theatre as she put the final touches on over years work of renovations.
BLACKFOOT â€” Although it required over a year's work of time and plenty of elbow grease, painting and restoring the interior of Blackfoot's classic Nuart Theatre was truly a labor of love for Blackfoot native Rhonda Wixom. The finishing touches on project were done just in time for the new year.
The Nuart Theatre was built in Blackfoot at 195 N. Broadway in the late 1920's and was one of the first places in Idaho to show silent films. These days, the Nuart is known for live local theatre productions.
"I just love this amazing old building so much. It's such a beauty and there is nothing like it for miles around," Wixom said. "I wanted to see it updated and really brought back to some of its grandeur."
Wixom has been painting and decorating for about 20 years; so when the Blackfoot Community Players [Nuart's theater group] received a grant from the Blackfoot Urban Renewal Agency to renovate the local gem, Wixom volunteered to step up and do the work.
Wixom painted the walls, ceilings and balconies while going through the theatre with a "fine tooth comb," fixing anything that was chipped or broken.
Wixom added her own aesthetic touches with decorative and faux finish painting that she specializes in.
See the full story in Saturday's Morning News.