Showboat Theater reopens at Sasebo
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.