Wayne Theatre seeks volunteers to aid in restoration project

posted by philbertgray on January 8, 2008 at 7:55 am


Since opening in 1926, Wayne Theatre has seen a full-scale remodeling in 1949 and a fire in 1980. After closing in 2000, Wayne found a new group of friends in the Wayne Theatre Alliance, and for the next month, those friends are commissioning volunteers to help prepare the former vaudeville theater for reconstruction.

The alliance has asked anyone interested to volunteer their time on Jan. 12, 19 and 26 to help with minor labor taking down partitions, cleaning debris and sweeping to expedite the rebuilding process. Once the theater is cleaned, excavation and construction of the fly loft and stage wings can begin. Anyone older than 18 is invited to help, and no level of construction experience will be turned away. Skilled labor is not required, but the alliance has asked that volunteers notify the alliance before coming. Calls will be taken Monday through Friday every week and volunteers will be informed what to wear, when to arrive and any tools necessary. The Wayne Theatre Association Alliance can be contacted at 540 943-9999.

The full article on the restoration of the Wayne Theatre can be found at the newsleader.com website along with two photos of the almost completely gutted auditorium.

Information on the restoration, along with architectural plans and additional current and historical photos of the theatre can be found at the project’s website.

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