A Neon Update!
A goal of the Strong City Preservation Alliance, which is spearheading the restoration of the 1900 theater, is to have the sign restored so it may once again beckon people inside the theater for events.
With no color images of the sign when it was new, some guesswork was needed: what colors should the sign be?
From scant remaining evidence it seems that the sign was mostly black, with yellow flourishes at the top and bottom. Nobody knew what color the neon was but red was decided upon.
And this is how things have stood for about a year.
Today however, Justin invited me to lunch with some news. He had met with Rick from Coffelt Signs in Emporia, and Rick had made some discoveries.
My ears perked way up.
Rick has ascertained, upon the barest of evidence, that the sign was originally quite a bit more…colorful than any of us realized.
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The flourishes at the top and bottom were four colors originally! And there was a C-shaped extra-extra-flourish!
Justin had the idea of making the C-shaped line on the right done in yellow neon. Brilliant!
The red letters would also be neon. When lighted at night, the white background would turn red, too.
So, red neon letters with a dramatic vertical yellow neon “dash” running up/down one side!
Justin and I love love love this! What do you think?