It’s almost show time for the Missouri Theatre

Monday, March 10, 2008 | 8:50 p.m. CDT; updated 7:52 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — It looks like a lavish skeleton. Instead of seats, there are scaffolds, and construction workers take the place of patrons. The air is thick with the smells of paint and plaster powder. Tinny, adult contemporary music streams from an unseen radio; “Killing Me Softly” echoes through the mostly bare lobby covered in construction dust.