Under renovations to become an updated theater, the Royal III is being cleared out to make way for improvements.
The lobby has been gutted -- the walls, ceiling and carpet have been removed. The three auditoriums have a dwindling numbers of theater seats in them, and the old projection equipment is gone.
In the meantime, the renovation crew has discovered pieces of the past in the walls and under the carpet of the theater.
Matt Fortner, of Glidden, said renovating the building is like looking at its history from the inside out.
The building shows signs that, at one point, the front doors might have been inset with an outdoor overhang. And Hilsabeck said he found a wooden theater stage for plays behind the movie screens.
Underneath the front lobby's carpet is a tile floor featuring a large picture of the comedy and tragedy drama masks -- one grinning and one frowning -- and the words "Royal Twin."
"It must be from back when there were only two screens," Hilsabeck said.
He asked his designers whether the tile floor could be refurbished, but they told him it would be almost impossible to save.
"They think the words and picture are painted on, so anything we'd use to take the carpet glue off would take them off, too," he said.
In the walls, workers have found old candy wrappers -- some with candy still in them. Hilsabeck said he might frame some of the old candy wrappers and hang them in the renovated theater.
They found a cassette tape of music from the 1980s stuck in the wall. And a wooden sign advertising a 1972 comedy-horror flick "The Folks at the Red Wolf Inn" was stuck under the carpet.
Hilsabeck said several people have stopped by to purchase the red cushioned theater seats for their home theater room or for video gaming.
People can still buy the theater chairs for $8 each. Those interested can stop by the theater, Hilsabeck said.
Along with the interesting finds, the theater had plenty of materials that just had to be thrown away, Hilsabeck said.
Renovation work has filled up four dumpsters.
And more will be filled before the project is complete, he said.
Already, Hilsabeck's vision for the theater is moving toward reality.
In the new lobby, the bathrooms will be on the south side, where the concession stand used to be. A seating area for movie-goers may also be added there, Hilsabeck said.
To the north in the lobby, where the video rental shop used to be, the new concession stand will be housed.
"We've taken most the walls out, and it gives it a real open feel in here," Hilsabeck said.
New concession equipment will be brought in after the work is finished, he said.
The auditoriums will have new soundproofing added to the ceilings and walls.
Offices for the theater will likely be constructed downstairs, Hilsabeck said.
The movie theater, which has been closed since November 2009, is slated for an early spring opening.