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Part 2: Future Looking Bright for the Robinson Grand Theater

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Take a step back in time, to the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's, when there would be a line of people waiting around the block to see the newest films at the Robinson Grand Theater. Now it stands empty on West Pike Street, but it may not be for long.

"We've been attempting to acquire the Robinson Grand Theater for the last several years and then the opportunity came about under new ownership,” said Martin Howe, Clarksburg City Manager.

The City of Clarksburg voted to officially acquire the theater on April 17, 2014.

Howe said the city wanted possession of the building so it wouldn't sit vacant any longer.

"The theater has sat dormant now for multiple years. Obviously we don't want it to get into a position where it further deteriorates and right now it's in primarily great shape. We want to go in to rehabilitate it and restore it,” Howe said.

Howe said the city has big plans for the Grand, including having someone operate it who will get it back into working order.

"That's something we'll look forward to moving forward is to get someone in there who can operate it and have an operational plan so that they can put it back in a useful state and offer different theater productions and possibly movies in the future,” explained Howe.

That part of the restoration will come after some preliminary work.

"We're doing request for proposals and that is to retain an architectural or engineering firm to go in and do an assessment of the building and also to put together restoration plans, which would then enable us to put it out to bid for contractors to come in,” explained Howe.

Howe said the city hopes to begin the restoration process in early 2015.

For more information on the rich history of the Robinson Grand Theater click here.

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