What was once a live theater in the 1930s and ‘40s, and then became a movie theater until 2007, will be live theater venue Appalachian Theatre of the High Country soon enough.
The Appalachian Theatre in downtown Boone is aiming to finish renovations by late summer or early fall, said Keith Martin, vice chairman of the ATHC board.
Two hurricanes hit North Carolina in fall 2018 (Hurricane Florence in September and Hurricane Michael in October) and the High Country saw nearly two feet of snow in 36 hours in January. Due to the inclement weather, Vannoy Construction and the ATHC had to readjust the construction schedule, Martin said.
However, theater fans can still look forward to what’s to come. Executive Director Laura Kratt began attending conferences this year to meet with agents and performing artists to navigate what types of acts and shows would be a good fit for the High Country.
The theater opened in 1938 and held live shows until 1950, when the theater was gutted after a fire in the building. The theater re-opened as a movie theater one lear later until 2007 when the theater closed again. The ATHC formed in 2012 to revitalize the theater.