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May 13, 2015

The Mariner in Marine City

It’s on Water Street, a few blocks south of Broadway, but the Mariner theater looks as if it could fill a small site in New York’s fabled theater district.

Workers from Phillips Lighting & Sign in Harrison Township have installed a large marquee in the style of the late 1920s at the Mariner.

Steven J. Beauvais, who was working on the marquee with his father, Steven M. Beauvais, said people like what they’re seeing.

“We’ve had people stopping by and giving us compliments,” he said. “People will stop in the middle of traffic and tell us how much they enjoy it.”

Gary Kohs and Laura Saccia, the partners who purchased the building at 430 S. Water St., will light the marquee at 9:26 p.m. Friday.

“We’re having a reception for the townspeople and the people we have been working with,” Kohs said.

Kohs owns Fine Art Models, the company that built a 1:48 scale builder’s model of the RMS Titanic. The model is the centerpiece of the theater — it’s the first thing people see when they walk through the doors.

And it’s impressive: 18 feet long and weighing 1,500 pounds.

The model has been displayed at the National Geographic Society’s Explorer’s Hall in Washington, D.C., the Stamford Museum in Connecticut and in London.

It was on display in St. Clair in 2013 and raised about $87,000 that was donated to the St. Clair Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

A permanent exhibit, “Titanic — The Building of an Icon,” will be on display at the Mariner starting Aug. 1.

“I’m tired of shipping it around the world,” he said. “Let’s find a home for it.”

He said all the net profits from the exhibit will be given to charities.

“We don’t to ever be seen as profiting from a tragedy,” Kohs said. “We want to talk about what a grand ship it was and not a tragedy.”


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