Elizabethton, TN – Bonnie Kate Theatre to be purchased by the city
From WCYB.com: An effort to save a historic theater is now one step closer to reality. The Elizabethton City council voted unanimously Thursday night to purchase the Bonnie Kate Theatre.
The Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation gave the city $111,000 to make the purchase. Plans are to make it a performing arts center. They already have a tenet to place a bakery and restaurant in the theater as well.
John Huber has been leading the fight for the theater.
“It’s a diamond in the rough. I see such potential for it, and it just needs somebody to lead it to that potential,” Huber said.
The purchase should be completed in a few days. Then, a business plan will be made, and the restoration process will begin.
The city is also considering purchasing the gravel lot next door to the Bonnie Kate for approximately $20,000.
Full story at: http://www.wcyb.com/news/bonnie-kate-theatre-to-be-purchased-by-the-city/40000510
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