Andalusia renovates downtown theater, set to open Friday

Updated: Apr. 12, 2017 at 5:09 PM CDT
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ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - The new refurbished Clark Theatre will open Friday in Andalusia, just off the town square.

The Clark Theatre manager, Michael Kimbril, says he couldn't be more excited.

"There is no comparison to what this was," said Kimbril. "What it is now, it's crazy."

The local family who previously owned the theater gifted it to the city, and city leaders in turn spent $1.4 million dollars renovating it, brick by brick, over the course of seven months.

"If the lights had gone dark in this building, it would have changed downtown Andalusia forever," said Andalusia mayor Earl Johnson.

Mayor Johnson says the theater has signed a long-term lease with Andalusia to pay back the renovation costs.

The renovated theater features better technology and one more screen, making a total of three screens. Two are downstairs and the third is upstairs where the balcony used to be.

The locals say the best aspect of the theater renovation is the addition of recliners.

"And everybody has been impressed with that," said Kimbril.

Friday's matinee show at 1 will kick off opening day for Clark Theatre.

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