Residents tell council they’re ready to see a new mural
Several concerned community members went to Tuesday night’s city council meeting to voice their opinion about the plans to repaint the mural on Grass Valley’s Del Oro Theatre.
For nearly 30 minutes, community members told the council they were ready to see the “heart of the gold industry” get a new look.
“What’s up there now is subpar. I want to see something spectacular and something that reflects a sense of history,” Bob Crabb, a resident of Grass Valley for 53 years, said.
Other community members thanked Del Oro Theatre’s new owners Barbara and Mike Getz for deciding to revamp the building, and one person even offered to help foot the cost of repainting the mural. Phil Carville of Grass Valley pledged $1,000 of his own money toward the project if it was approved.
The Getz’s recently bought Del Oro Theatre with the intention of restoring the historic cinema that has been a city landmark since its construction in the 1940s. The building has not been repainted since 1976.
Not one member in the audience raised their voice in opposition to repainting the mural, although Vice Mayor DeVere “Dee” Mautino expressed some hesitation.
“Do you think Jack Keegan would mind if we repainted the mural?” Mautino asked the other members of the council.
Keegan was the former manager of Del Oro Theatre and long-recognized by the community in association with the downtown cinema, Mautino said.
Ultimately, the city council unanimously approved the formation of a committee to make recommendations for a new mural and the community seemed pleased.
“I think it’s wonderful the council is open and the community is rising to lend a hand in this decision,” Grass Valley resident William L. Staudenheimer said. “Hopefully this committee will consider Grass Valley history and include themes that reflect the Gold Country in this new mural.”
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