Let the Renovation Begin!!!
The Historic Masonic Theatre--the heart of the Alleghany Highlands Community ! Renovation begins!
The Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation is happy to announce that restoration on the Historic Masonic Theatre began on Monday, April 6, 2015 for the 6.3 million dollar renovation. Theatre doors are expected to open once again to the public in approximately 14 months. We celebrated on April 15 with a Masonic Theatre Renovation Kick Off Ribbon Cutting. Thank you to all who attended to share in our joy and special thanks to the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Photo below courtesy of Chuck Almarez, Fire & Light Gallery.
A large enthusiastic crowd attended the MasonicTheatre Kick Off Celebration on April 15--Martha Atherholt, president of Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism was one of the speakers. Construction trailer moved into place to begin Masonic Theatre renovation--the Historic Masonic stands silently in the background awaiting her facelift!
SAVE THE MASONIC FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN All donations appreciated!
In 1905 the leaders of the Alleghany Highlands community embarked upon an endeavor that involved risk but realized a vision. That vision yielded something much more than what is arguably the most architecturally significant building in the Alleghany Highlands, because the Masonic Theatre is not just a grand remnant from the Highlands’ prominent past, it is the place where generations in this community have stepped off of Main Street and onto Broadway Street, and where an Alleghany Highlands family could see Roy Rogers ride Trigger before their very eyes or spend an evening with Count Basie and his Orchestra. This is the place where many met for a date, and some met for a lifetime. Indeed, the Masonic Theatre represents the heart of the community.
Below, interior rendering of future restored Historic Masonic Theatre. Rendering courtesy of Commonwealth Architects.
November, 2012 Thank you Alleghany Foundation for your generous grant of 1.5 million dollars for the restoration of the Historic Masonic Theatre. This grant is a step toward the revitilization of a Highlands landmark. Additional fundraising will be needed to fully recognize the dream but this grant from the Alleghany Foundation is a huge step forward in "Saving the Masonic".
"Save the Masonic" Community Campaign Launched, Summer 2012. Alleghany Highlands Community comes together to restore a beloved historic landmark. In April, 2015, the Renovations Began! Although the funding is in place for renovation, we continue to need your financial support for opeations once the Theatre reopens.
Make your contributions to Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation, Box 119, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Check out Community Support page to see names of people and organizations who have contributed.
The Historic Masonic Theatre as seen today, waiting for its restoration!
Rendering of exterior of future renovated Historic Masonic
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Stage of a future restored Masonic Theatre.