BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) — For decades, the lower level of the Granada Theater has been vacant. Now, thanks to months of planning and tax credit money from new markets, coupled with local funding. The neighborhood will soon be transformed and the city is helping to get the renovations off the ground.
“I think Bluefield is unique in that it has a very supportive municipal government providing funding, a loan for this project. Bluefield also benefits from the presence of the Shott Foundation,” said Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation Executive Director Brian Tracey.
Tracey says local historians say the lower level of Grenada may have been a showroom or service area for cars. You can still see vehicle lifts on the ground. But soon, this space will have two rooms with fifty seats and more. Tracey says parking won’t be a problem.
“We have municipal parking lots right outside our front door, so it’s very convenient for people to enter this facility. Not just for entertainment with the two theaters, but for the professional training programs that the new river will offer. So we also looked at what we could do, more than just bring in theaters,” Tracey said.
When completed, Tracey this space will have the capacity to host film festivals and show first-run films.
“To see this project as it is today and believe that in six to seven months people will come here to a state-of-the-art theater. Sitting in nice comfy seats, having a drink at our bar, it takes a vision,” Tracey said.
Now that vision is rolling off the drawing board and into reality in less than a year. Tracey hopes the theater will be open by May 2023.
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