February 23 2014
It's a yearly ritual at the historic Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee.
Every February, crews climb into the attic, lay hands on a huge metal crank, and lower the Austrian crystal chandelier, inch by inch, for its annual cleaning.
And it's a labor of love.
Each one of its 33,000 crystals are polished individually, using nothing but a mild glass cleaner and good old fashioned elbow grease. Chief Engineer Samir Wahhib and Assistant Engineer Jason Millies oversee the two-day process.
The chandelier has adorned the ceiling at the Pabst since 1976, and it hasn't missed a show since.
Click the podcast player above to from the two men keeping the chandelier -- and the theater -- in prime condition for patrons.