Clemson mayor wants to see Astro III theater revived
CLEMSON, SC — Clemson’s mayor, Larry Abernathy, is not happy that his college town of 33,000 has been without a movie theater since the Astro III was closed by Carmike in 2008. He wants the city to acquire the deteriorating property with available TIFF and hospitality tax funds and rehab it for movies and other performances. If the current owners, who have rebuffed offers before, won’t sell it, the mayor will launch an effort to being a new cinema to town.
Most of the money the city wants to use to purchase the property — $1 million — comes from TIFF funds, while the balance would come from accommodations taxes and hospitality taxes, Abernathy said.
“That money is supposed to be used to get people to come to Clemson,” he said.
The mayor said he envisions renovating the building and reopening it both as a movie theater and also a space for live performances, such as poetry readings and one-act plays. He said he would like for one of the theater’s screens to be dedicated to art and foreign films.
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