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Wayne Theater Alliance Asks Public for Photos of Old Theater

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The Wayne Theater Alliance is working on bringing history to life by recreating what once was. The project is already underway, but builders need your help.

The theater and the Waynesboro Heritage Museum are partnering up and asking people to share any photos or memories of what the interior looked like back in its early days.

The theater was built in the 1920s and has been through a fire, other rebuilding efforts and changes in ownership. Through the excavation process, they still have the original steps leading to the old orchestra pit and the wall there - but that's about it.

In order for the theater to earn historic tax credits toward the construction, they need proof that what they're doing is authentic. One challenge will be discovering photos and recalling information because the theater was usually dim when people were inside.

"It's important in that to do a restoration that in any way duplicates what was there in 1926, we have to have evidence that that was indeed it,” said Clair Myers, Wayne Theater Alliance executive director.

If you come to the Waynesboro Heritage Museum with pictures, the curators will even digitize them and offer a way to preserve your photos.

In the end, the Wayne Theater Alliance's vision is to design a performing arts and conference center that attracts local and traveling artists. The theater is set to reopen December of next year with a groundbreaking open to the public.

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