Group hopes to reopen historic Paducah theater

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A group is hoping to reopen the doors to the historic Columbia Theater in downtown Paducah.

WPSD-TV (http://bit.ly/1c7jlpw) in Paducah reports that the Columbia Theater Task Force has been working on a plan since August. It's hoping that with some effort and money, it can raise the curtain again at the theater.

The theater was once vibrant and ornate but is now an empty building with mold, rust, peeling paint and decaying wood.

"You can see all the potential and what it used to be," said task force vice chair Landee Bryant-Greene.

The project is estimated to cost between $5 million and $8 million. The task force will seek grants and tax credits and sponsor fundraisers in hopes of reopening the Columbia by 2017.

"There are so major things as far as getting it up to code," Greene said. "We want to keep true to the historic relevancy to the place, and keep a lot of the aesthetics."

The group hopes to create a three-screen space for film and live entertainment.

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Information from: WPSD-TV, http://www.wpsdlocal6.com

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