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Art and entertainment venue in Pocahontas is ready to rebuild

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Major flooding in Pocahontas flooded many homes and businesses on the East side of town, but now one local venue says they're ready to rebuild.

The Imperial Dinner Theatre and Studio for the Arts was flooded after a levee break on the city's East side. Damage in the theatre is expected to be over $100,000.

"The levee break flooded most areas of our facility," Executive Director of the Imperial Dinner Theatre, Andee Evers said. "Kelly Grooms and his team of volunteers have done incredible work removing the destroyed drywall, flooring and furniture, so now it's time to focus on getting this beloved theatre and studio back into shape,"

The facility did not have flood insurance so they're asking the public for donations.

"We are counting on our friends and supporters to provide the resources it's going to take to restore this building," Evers said.

Flood waters destroyed the stage and three of five levels of seating in the auditorium, all of which will have to be replaced.

Aside from sending out a fund raising appeal after the flood waters subsided, board chair Brett Cooper says more efforts are being planned.

"We cannot overstate how important it is for the community and all of the Imperial's supporters to rally around the theatre in this effort. This is an incredibly valuable facility that benefits our whole region. It's up to us to rebuild it," Cooper said.

Though the theatre is damaged, the organization will continue to perform and offer it's arts education programs in other locations.

Those who wish to support the rebuilding effort can mail their checks, made out to Imperial Dinner Theatre, to:

1401 Hwy 304 East

Pocahontas, AR

72455

More information on the scheduled summer camps dates and locations can be found at www.thestudioreview.com

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