Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Robinson Film Center construction sparking along

There is proof in the pudding of the Robinson Film Center's planned new building.

Construction is well underway at 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. You can now begin to visual how the space will work. If you're familiar with the Magnolia in Dallas -- a cool arthouse theater -- you can picture RFC.

RFC will be a multilevel building offering two theaters (48 seats and 158 seats respectively), concessions, a cafe and lots of public programming space.

RFC Executive Director John Grindley said the entire facility will cost $4 million. To cover its initial operating costs, RFC needs to raise $1 million more.

While pointing out some defining features, Grindley was happy to see the building starting to take shape.

"This is the day we've all been waiting to see," he said. "We're on schedule for completion by the end of the year."

Construction workers from Boggs and Poole Contracting Group piece together the steel beams inside the future home of Robinson Film Center. One construction worker is standing on the floor of the 48-seat Celebrity Theater.

Construction is progressing at the future home of the Robinson Film Center, which sits at 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. The nonprofit hopes to open its new doors in early 2008.

Chris Jay (left) and John Grindley of the Robinson Film Center point out the future door frames that will be installed inside the building at 617 Texas Street.

John Grindley (left) and Chris Jay unveil one of the Robinson Film Center's prized movie props: a glass box stuffed with fake $10,000 bills from "Mad Money," a heist film starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah. Such props will likely decorate the interior of the Robinson Film Center's new downtown home when it opens in early 2008. (And there's nothing like photographing sources next to a pile a cash. Sorry fellas!)

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