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A Local Landmark Gets Some New Bones

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A landmark theater in Yakima is getting some well-deserved TLC.

The Capitol Theatre in Downtown Yakima is in the process of getting a new stage put in.

City workers are reinforcing the 93-year-old supports in the stage in some spots and replacing them in others.  They are also replacing the entire stage floor.

One engineer from the city said it is all an effort to make the theater bigger and better than it was before.

"What we are doing is also upgrading the stage at the same time so we are adding more supports and stronger members so that we can handle bigger shows, better shows, they are always trying to come up with something bigger, something better," said city engineer, Bob Desgrosellier.

The stage has gone through hundreds of performances and survived a devastating fire.

Inspections in early spring confirmed the need for a major overhaul, and the stage floor has become increasingly uneven in recent years.

The expected cost of the project is about $155,000, and the city hopes to have the project completed by the end of the summer.