Chandelier cleaning underway at State Theatre

Posted: 7:00 PM EST Feb 27, 2013   Updated: 7:16 PM EST Feb 28, 2013

It's not often you see the crystal chandelier at the State Theatrein Easton lowered to just above the seats, but for the next two days the 800 pound massive light fixture is undergoing a cleaning process.  The process is meticulous and labor intensive.

It takes more than 5 stage hands to disconnect, lower and clean the chandelier.

Rich Schaller, facility manager, is one of the crew members.

"Nobody wants to be the one to break a crystal or do any damage to it so we just take our time," Schaller said.

Once the chandelier is lowered in to place, the crystal globe on the bottom is disconnected and an acidic cleanser is applied.

"We bought two pump sprayers like the ones you use on  your garden to spray cleaning agent on to the crystals," Schaller said.  "It drips down and cleans itself."

 The dirty water is collected in buckets and the light fixture is left to dry.

The next step is replacing each of the 48 flame-style lamps and 50 standard light bulbs.

"Tomorrow we'll re-lamp it, check the circuitry, and lift it back up into position." said Schaller.

"That chandelier is the centerpiece of this building that's the wow moment, when people walking under it down the aisle see it," said Jamie Balliet, senior VP of marketing at the theater.  "It's a gorgeous symbol of our history."

 The cleaning process is expected  to be finished by Friday night and the chandelier put back place in time for Saturday night's live performance  of "Burlesque to Broadway!"