Efforts launched to acquire, renovate Polk Theatre in Columbia

posted by CSWalczak on January 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

COLUMBIA, TN — The Maury County Arts Guild has initiated efforts that would enable them to acquire the long-closed Polk Theatre. Once acquired, the group plans to embark on a drive to raise the estimated $2 million it will take to turn the theater into a mixed-use venue. The theater opened in 1948, was later twinned, and then used for retail.

The Polk Theatre and Cultural Arts Center would include a theater with a seating capacity of up to 500, but the building will be much more than that, Manning said.

“This place is not just going to be a theater; it’s going to be an art gallery where we’re going to have classrooms, it’s going to be a banquet room where we could hold lectures and parties,” Manning said. “It’s just going to be pretty darn incredible.”

There is more in the Daily Herald.

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