Dixie Theater in Staunton gets upgrades; bigger changes coming in five years
STAUNTON, VA — Born in 1913 as the New Theater, the Dixie Theater was given an Art Moderne makeover by John Eberson in 1936 after a fire. Currently operating as a quad, it recently received some upgrades: a new sound system, new seats, and a paint job. However, the clock is ticking on its life exclusively as a cinema, because the Staunton Performing Arts Center, which owns the theater and an adjacent building, plans to restore and renovate the theater in five years to serve as the main stage of a mixed-use venue.
“People still believe in the project,” said Mosedale. “They’re just not giving as fast and as big a check as they might. But a lot of people have said, ‘Come back to me.’”
The performing arts center hopes to open the Arcadia in 2012; the Dixie in 2015. That gives Greenbaum just five years to recover all he has invested to revitalize the Dixie.
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