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McCrory, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

After More than 20 Years of Sitting Silent Theatre Reopens

McCrory, AR -- Most of us have a building in their town that they would like to see restored.  For the people of McCrory, that building was the old Ken Theatre downtown.  The building was built in 1953 and had fallen into disrepair in the early 1980's.  In 2005 Doyle and Margaret Fowler decided to buy the building rather than see it get torn down.

They began the long restoration process and now, after two long years of work, the building is ready to open to the public.

"Our love for the community and wanting to bring something to the community where people would have entertainment and to get our kids engaged and to give them something to do," said Doyle Fowler.

"I just can't imagine anything that would be more beneficial.  Theatre is so beneficial for children," said Darcy Crafton.

The development of the theatre has been a community effort.

"So much has been donated to us like the seats.  We had five hundred seats donated to us," said Margaret Fowler.

The Fowler's say the generosity from the public has been tremendous.

The theatre will reopen on Friday night after more than 20 years of being closed.

"We realized from the very beginning we're going to have to do something that will draw people from the entire region," said Doyle Fowler.

The performances start on Friday, June 15th at 7 o'clock at the Ken Theatre in McCrory, Arkansas.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

There are over two hundred seats that need to be filled.

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