Waynesboro nonprofit commits to reopening movie theater
The group that led the renovation of the Waynesboro movie theater announced this week it is committed to showing movies again downtown.
The nonprofit Waynesboro Community Theatre Project helped raise more than $650,000 to renovate the circa-1970 former Waynesboro Mini-Theatre in 2015. The group owns the building and most of its contents.
The Waynesboro Theatre reopened in November 2015 with HighRock Group running the new state-of-the-art theater.
New Vision Theatres purchased Leitersburg Cinemas from HighRock, as well as the right to show movies at Waynesboro Theatre in early 2019.
New Vision Theatres announced last week that it will need to default on its lease and wouldn't be reopening Waynesboro Theatre because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theater has been closed since mid-March because of the government-ordered shutdown caused by the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has been a real back-breaker for the entire industry, and it has had a major impact locally as well,” said Bill Kohler, president of the board. “We seek to be there for the community that was there for us in 2015 when the theater badly needed repairs.
“We want the community to know that we, as a board, are dedicated to doing whatever we can to try and reopen the theater when it is safe to do so."