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The Grand Theatre opened its doors in February 1925 and quickly became a central Kentucky landmark. With the completion of a $4.2 million restoration that was almost 12 years in the making, the Grand Theatre will again host outstanding entertainment for citizens of the region after being closed for almost 50 years. It’s Central Kentucky’s newest performing arts center. It’s days as a movie theatre ended in the mid-1950’s.
A statement from Debra Hoskins, the Executive Director, brings more than twenty-five years of experience in booking performing arts, first at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts and then at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts. Hoskins says that the renovated historical theatre will add something unique to performances, and adds that “the acoustics are the finest; sound and lighting are state of the art and the full projection equipment is complete with surround sound and 3D viewing capablilities. The historic lighting in the venue from 1924 still has original Model T Ford parts inside and new seating has been installed for the comfort of every patron". She believes, too, that “the Grand Theatre reflects the fact that the people in Kentucky want small towns to survive and they want success for these communities. Saving a part of Kentucky’s history and offering top of the line entertainment has been accomplished at the Lancaster Grand Theatre".
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