The expansion at the Orpheum Theatre in Estevan continues, as the second screen at the venerable Estevan business could be ready to show movies around Christmas time.
Co-owner Jocelyn Dougherty said they have finished installing the insulation in the second theatre, and they're now working on the dropped ceiling.
"We have a little ways to go in the interior," said Dougherty.
Seats still have to be ordered, manufactured and shipped. It's not an easy process, she said, because they can't be ordered too soon. The company building the seats won't store them, and the Orpheum doesn't have the storage capacity for 150 seats, so they can't be ordered until the new theatre is almost ready to accommodate them.
The sound and projection room, as well as sound panels for the new theatre's walls, will also have to be installed.
Dougherty said she hopes that everyone will enjoy watching movies inside the new theatre.
"It definitely looks bigger inside than it does from the outside," said Dougherty. "Some customers that have seen it are surprised because it doesn't look very large from the outside."
The exterior work is finished for this year. Dougherty said some painting work might have to happen next year.
Once the second theatre is open, Dougherty said the Orpheum will have more options for patrons. They'll always have at least two movies playing each week, and some weeks they might have as many as four or five flicks.
The Orpheum is doing more work than just an expansion. The box office and the lobby have been renovated.
"People seem excited," said Dougherty. "They're happy with the interior of the theatre."
Changes have also occurred with their washrooms. The women's washroom on the main floor has been altered to be wheelchair-accessible; the women's washroom is now in the basement.
The Orpheum had to shut down for a few days early in the fall so that they could tackle some the work on the bathrooms.
But outside of the brief closure, the impact of the renovations on customers has been minimal, Dougherty said.