Needham closing for 7-month renovation

Needham Theater at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme will close Dec. 10 for an extensive renovation that is expected to last about seven months.

In addition, the food court at the Navy Exchange at NBVC Port Hueneme will close Dec. 14 for renovation, and food trucks will be brought in while the work is under way. When it opens again in about six months, it will feature Panda Express and another new eatery, NEX General Manager Anna Esguerra said.

The theater joins several other Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities undergoing renovation, including the Warfield Gym, the track at the Beehive Gym and the SurfNet liberty center at NBVC Point Mugu.

“We’re excited about all the renovations that are bringing these quality-of-life programs into the 21st century,” said MWR Marketing Director Dan Alpern.

The theater renovation, he said, has been a long time coming.

“This renovation project is much-needed to improve the facility for our service members and their families,” he said.

Needham Theater is expected to partially reopen in April, begin showing movies again in June and be fully reopened in July. When finished, it will have a renovated stage and dressing rooms, seating areas, lobby, snack bar and snack bar storage area. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is being upgraded, as well as the restrooms.

“When complete, each area being renovated will include upgraded walls, floors, ceilings, electrical, plumbing, hardware and fixtures to improve both the appearance and functionality of each area,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ward Doss of the Public Works Department. “During this renovation, the Point Mugu Theater is a great alternative for watching movies, and Duke’s Place will be an alternate meeting location.”

The renovation of the NEX food court is in response to surveys indicating that patrons are “looking for a change,” Esguerra said.

With the vendor contract expiring at the end of this year, timing was ideal, she added.

Currently, the food court has a Sbarro, a Rice King, a Rice King Café and Freshens, a juice bar.

Java Buzz, which serves coffee drinks, is just outside the food court and is not affected by the renovation.

“We are currently in the process of arranging for more food trucks to be located on our west patio while the renovation is taking place,” Esguerra said.

At least one of the trucks will be a Panda Express, she said, and all the trucks will be open the same hours as the food court.

The other construction projects on base are progressing, Doss said.

Renovation of the Warfield Gym is expected to be completed by February, and then MWR can begin installing equipment.

“There do not appear to be any roadblocks, and the updated gym will be well worth the wait once it reopens,” Doss said.

The Warfield closed in January. A mezzanine is being built for cardio equipment, new locker rooms and showers are being installed, and the heating, ventilation and lighting systems are being redone.

Doss said the track project outside the Beehive Gym is ahead of schedule and is expected to be finished this month.

“The final product will include a resurfaced track, upgraded drainage system, synthetic turf and NCAA-regulation football and soccer field markings,” Doss said.

The SurfNet liberty center at Point Mugu is expected to reopen by the end of the year, as soon as all fire alarm testing is completed. Changes include interior renovations of the walls, floors, and upgraded fire alarm and air conditioning systems.

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