The Richmond Register

Arts/Events

September 15, 2013

Lancaster Grand Theatre announces 2013-14 season

Big-time acts for historic small-town theatre start Sept. 24

LANCASTER — The Lancaster Grand Theatre, only 20 minutes from Richmond, has announced a long list of big-name entertainment for its debut season.

The Lancaster Grand Theatre opened its doors in 1925 and quickly became a central Kentucky landmark. With the completion of a $4.2 million restoration almost 12 years in the making, The Lancaster Grand will again host outstanding entertainment for citizens of the region after being closed for almost 50 years.

The theatre is located at 117 Lexington Street in Lancaster.

“Our plans for the Grand have been surpassed in every area,” McKinney Daily, Lancaster Grand board president, said. “We are very proud to have achieved the dream of restoring the Lancaster Grand Theatre back to its original beauty.”

Debra Hoskins, the theatre’s executive director, brings more than 25 years of experience in booking performing arts, first at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts and then at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts.

She said the renovated theatre history and ornamentation will uniquely enhance performances

In addition, the theatre’s acoustics are “are the finest” anywhere, Hoskins said. “Its sound and lighting are state of the art and the full projection equipment is complete with surround sound and 3D viewing capabilities.”

The line up of nationally recognized performer will be a shining star in central Kentucky, she added.

The venue’s lighting, installed in 1924, still has original Model T Ford parts inside and new seating has been installed for the comfort of every patron.

Renovation of the historic theatre “reflects the fact that the people in Kentucky want small towns to survive and they want success for these communities,” Hoskins said. “Saving a part of Kentucky’s history and offering top of the line entertainment has been accomplished at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.”

The ever-popular Glenn Miller Orchestra and the classic rock of the Coasters and Platters highlight the upcoming opening season.

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