Tomorrow evening, July 12, the Yellow Creek Theater will open its ninth season with the 1947 movie "Gentleman's Agreement" starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and John Garfield. Some work took place over the past month to prepare for the opening while theater operators looked into building a permanent structure on the site.
Yellow Creek Theatre, the outdoor movie venue in Poland Village, is a project of Town One Streetscapes, Inc. It screens films on the U.S. 224 bridge wall located behind and to the left of the Poland Library parking lot every Friday evening at dusk. Patrons can bring lawn chairs and enjoy the movie at no charge, and parking is available at the library or the Village Town Hall.
This year the bridge wall was power washed and painted using two coats of masonry paint with a flat finish to enhance the projection of the movies. Last year, extensive patching was done to eliminate the pitting that occurred over the years, so a lot of tedious prep work was already completed.
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A work crew consisting of Gerry Gunn, Tim Sokoloff and Jerome Justice puts the final coat of flat paint on the wall under the U.S. 224 bridge in Poland Village in time for the opening season of the Yellow Creek Theater on Friday, July 12.
To be environmentally safe, water from Yellow Creek was used to power wash the wall. Scaffolding was erected, and the job was finished in about a ten-hour day by three hardworking individuals-Gerry Gunn, Tim Sokoloff and Jerome Justice.
While the stage is set for tomorrow's opening, YCT officials were looking into an improvement for the grounds. Ron Eiselstein attended last week's Village Council meeting to check on a request to construct a permanent pavilion at the sight.
"The tent we are using is ripped and leaks," he said. "I just want to protect the projection equipment."
He had spoken with Village Zoning Inspector Dave Raspanti about the matter and Raspanti told council that because of its location on the U.S. 224 right-of-way, the Ohio Department Of Transportation needed to be involved. He wasn't certain if there was an easement on the location that Eiselstein wanted to build the pavilion.
Councilman Atty. Robert Limmer was concerned about any riparian set-back requirements for the property. The Village Zoning regulations call for 120 feet from the center of the stream.
The discussion continued coming back to ODOT and whether or not they would allow it.
"Once ODOT says they don't care or do care, then they will have sent a message to the architectural design board to go ahead and approve the design or not." Said Village Attorney Anthony D'Apolito.
"There is no proof of rights by ODOT, so it's up to them to prove their rights," Eiselstein said. "All we want to do is build a pavilion for the community so we can continue to show movies."
While YCT awaits word on the ODOT rights, the movies will continue under an aging canvas tent. The list of movies running each Friday until Aug. 23 is available at the YCT web page at www.yellowcreektheater.com.