Vandals struck Nampa's historic downtown theater sometime before the weekend, using paint found inside the Pix Theatre
to leave graffiti on several concrete walls, the Idaho Press-Tribune
reports this morning. Construction lights and ladders were also reported stolen, but it's unclear whether the incidents are related.
While the damage is relatively slight—a group of Northwest Nazarene University students have already volunteered to remove the paint—organizers with the Pix Foundation
working to restore the 68-year-old theater told the Press-Tribune
that it was a blow to their morale.
"[I]t just makes me feel bad that somebody is that disrespectful," said Pix Foundation President Debra Lindner.
The theater, which closed its doors in 1999, has undergone a long restoration process
starting in 2002. In February, the foundation announced it had retired the mortgage on the building, and now needs to purchase plans for reconstruction. Lindner told the Press-Tribune
that the foundation needs $50,000 to continue the effort.