City of Clinton considers repairs to Showboat Theatre

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CLINTON, Iowa (AP) -- The Clinton City Council is mulling a plan to refurbish one of the city's most prominent structures: the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.

The Clinton Herald reports that the 1935 river boat, which was converted into a showboat in the 1960s, has received interior renovations and updates in recent years. But the exterior of the boat has begun to show signs of disrepair.

Chipped and stripped paint and rust are visible all around the boat. According to its website, the last exterior painting for the boat came in 2006. Council members believe it might be time for another one.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser says preservation projects for the boat are pending, and have been estimated at roughly $200,000.