PENNINGTON GAP, Va. — The recently renovated Lee Theatre will host live musical and theatrical performances by the Barter Theatre Players. The venue offers quality entertainment close to home.
The original theatre located on North Main Street burned in 1945. It was reconstructed on Morgan Avenue in 1947.
The town of Pennington Gap purchased the theatre to begin renovations in 2005, with funding assistance from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
A theatre committee was formed and final renovations were completed in October 2013.
Located on Morgan Avenue in Pennington Gap, the theatre seats 511 people.
Pennington Gap Industrial Development Authority Chairman and Pennington Gap Town Council member Terry Pope said by renovating the theatre they hope to “spur an interest to the people of Bell and Harlan Counties,” which is ” just a few miles from Pennington Gap.”
“Downtown theatres are becoming extinct almost and we’re trying to rebuild our downtown,” said Pope. “We’re going to provide a number of events, political forums, live plays, entertainment movies and concerts. We have recently contacted a young man out of Pineville, Jimmy Rose, and he will be performing at the Lee Theatre on March 1.”
Pope said he and others from Pennington Gap “frequently visit the Bell and Harlan County areas.”
“Since we are neighbors here in Pennington Gap, we hope all of the Bell and Harlan County fans of Jimmy Rose will make plans to come see him in concert,” said Pope. “The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Reserved seats will be $15 each.”
Jones said both Lee County, Va., Bell County and Harlan County have all experienced troubles with a decline in the coal industry.
He added the town of Pennington Gap would like to work in conjunction with Bell and Harlan counties to promote more tourism in the area.
“Bell and Harlan counties have been good neighbors to us and we’d like to be good neighbors to them,” said Pope.
For more information on upcoming events, you may call (276) 546-4002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.leetheatre.org.
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