Atchison will have a renewed movie theater when the efforts of a local nonprofit pay off.
The board of directors of Theatre Atchison has voted to undertake the restoration of the long-defunct Royal Theatre in downtown Atchison, with the goal of re-opening the building as a two-theater cinema.
Early in its effort, Theatre Atchison has already secured a six-month option on the building and approved an architectural-services contract to define the necessary scope of work. Next, the organization needs to raise an estimated $800,000 to make a reality of its vision.
“The intent is to completely gut the building, refurbish it and create a state-of-the-art, digital, two-screen movie theater with a third multi-use space for a variety of additional programming,” Travis Grossman, executive director of Theatre Atchison, said.
The building will be fully remodeled to include one theater on the lower level, eliminating the existing twin-theater arrangement, and a second, smaller theater above. The concession area would be remodeled into a multi-use space. New movies will be shown for a ticket that’s lower in price than the Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri, markets, Grossman said.
“The need we are addressing is specifically a quality-of-life issue for Atchison,” Grossman said. “In the past six years, we have lost our movie theater, our miniature golf course and our bowling alley. There are many citizens who can benefit from the enrichment of a home-based movie…
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