Monday, October 5, 2009

Georgia Theatre Update

Repairs Slowed By Funding

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:56 Laura-Ashley Harris, WNEG

ATHENS - A historic part of Athens is finally on the road to being repaired after being scorched by an electrical fire in June.

The theatre has been a mainstay in the Athens community since the late 1800's. Wilmot Green, owner of the Georgia Theatre, says that the initial estimate to repair the theatre is around $3 million.

Since they don't have that kind of cash on hand right now, workers are doing what they can in the meantime in the face of financial problems.

"The people that are here right now are working to sure up the brick walls inside and out with steel support. That way when we are ready to begin work to fix the theatre. The walls will be sturdy so the building will still look the same from the outside and be more modern inside."

"We partnered with the Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation out of Atlanta and they set up a fund where people can donate money. From that fund, contractors that are working on the building will be paid."

He hopes that the building will be complete and ready for business by New Years of 2011.

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