Arkansas students lead effort to restore, re-open theater

posted by CSWalczak on October 22, 2009 at 7:35 am

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AK — A group of students at Central High School have decided to put their energies towards restoring and re-opening the town’s former twin cinema, including doing at least some of the actual renovation work themselves with local business support. Their teacher made the proposal to the area Quorum Court (the county government board) recently, which agreed to study
the extent to which the county could lend its backing.

Fox reported that the first seven months rent on the building would be waived.
“These kids are ready to begin work on the theater and have had several businesses say they will help with donations or materials,” stated Fox.

According to Fox, most of the building’s wiring would have to be replaced, as would many seats and restroom facilities. The project would include a lot of other major renovations since the building has been vacant for the past 15 years.

More details in the Daily World.

Comments (3)

danpetitpas on October 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

I liked the fact that the owner said he would waive the rent for 7 months. After all, it’s only been vacant for 15 YEARS! With all the time, money and effort the community is thinking of putting into this project, you would think the landlord would be a little more generous!

carolgrau on October 22, 2009 at 8:49 am

I agree, at least it’s a great story, and I wish them well. I just hope they don’t get it done and the owner sells it for alot more value. Good luck guys.

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