Work to restore the iconic Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) marquee in downtown Sturgeon Bay has begun.
Workers have removed the tiles from under the canopy and the fascia along the front edge. The rusted porcelain tiles will be replaced with aluminum panels, and the chaser light band will be replicated using new LED lamps and code-compliant wiring. The neon “TAP” letters and star were removed for refurbishing and will be returned to their original positions.
All that remains at the moment is the structural shell of the canopy and reader board until the marquee is reassembled in December and completely restored by the end of the year.
The marquee restoration is part of a larger TAP project (ReImagineTAP.org) to renovate the entire building and reopen an updated theater facility by the spring.