Restore the theater, restore the community
PHILIPPI, WV — This sleepy little community has a gem nestled right in the center of town. The years of misuse and neglect are taking their toll, and the great lady who is the Grand Theatre is fading. We are here on faith, moved from Orlando, Florida, in an attempt to breathe life back into this unsung heroine.
Built in the late 20’s or early 30’s as a vaudeville palace, the Grand went the way of many theaters of her type, which is to be converted to a cinema. It appears from all the information I can gather that none of the owners of this theater in this timeframe had the vision or the finances to allow this lady to really achieve her name.
Our desire is to purchase this theater, restore her — perhaps to a condition she never enjoyed — and to host movies as well as other theatrical events, including concerts, recitals, plays, dramatic readings and inspirational/motivational speakers. Our mission is to provide all forms of family-friendly entertainment, and to engage the community to be involved in the process.
There is no venue for entertainment within 30 miles of this town. Even with a college in town, opening this 300+ seat theater would make it the largest auditorium for any purpose in that same radius. All people, young and old alike, will benefit from the opportunities this theater will provide. That is why we are confident that if we restore the theater, we will restore the community!
To kick things off, we need a modest mortgage. There are some smaller loans available to businesses in this area, as economic renewal is of prime concern to the state of West Virginia.
Please contact Gabe Saporito at 304-457-4180 or by .