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Cmdr. Bernard Wang, second from left, chief staff officer at Sasebo Naval Base, prepares to cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday afternoon at the grand reopening of the Showboat Theater.
Cmdr. Bernard Wang, second from left, chief staff officer at Sasebo Naval Base, prepares to cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday afternoon at the grand reopening of the Showboat Theater. (Greg Tyler / S&S)
Cmdr. Bernard Wang, second from left, chief staff officer at Sasebo Naval Base, prepares to cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday afternoon at the grand reopening of the Showboat Theater.
Cmdr. Bernard Wang, second from left, chief staff officer at Sasebo Naval Base, prepares to cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday afternoon at the grand reopening of the Showboat Theater. (Greg Tyler / S&S)
Dave Wagner, community activities director of Sasebo Naval Base’s MWR department, and Michelle Haley help ready the lobby of the Showboat Theater for the facility’s grand reopening.
Dave Wagner, community activities director of Sasebo Naval Base’s MWR department, and Michelle Haley help ready the lobby of the Showboat Theater for the facility’s grand reopening. (Greg Tyler / S&S)

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — With the smell of fresh popcorn and a new large-screen plasma television in the lobby, the Showboat Theater reopened Thursday.

About 30 people attended a ceremony signaling completion of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation department’s $425,000 project to bring the Showboat more in line with the atmosphere of stateside theaters, according to MWR officials.

“I know that I have been a frequent user of this facility,” said Cmdr. Bernard Wang, the base’s chief staff officer, just before cutting a ceremonial ribbon. “Now with all the improvements we see here today, I am sure this will be a great boost to the quality of life for those of us in Sasebo.”

Work began in July. Among improvements are an external ticket window, an awning and a roomier snack bar and lobby.

Soda dispensers, the popcorn machine and other snack bar gear was replaced with up-to-date equipment.

An earlier phase of the renovation project, which added wider seats, cup holders and a fresh coat of paint, was completed in September 2004 at a cost of more than $100,000, officials said.

Contact the Showboat Theater at DSN 252-3822 for more information.

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