Corning votes to restore old theatre

Apr 10, 2014 6:00 PM

Some things are worth saving. For Corning City Councilman Tony Cardenas it’s the Rodgers Theatre.

“The community needs a facility like this,” he said.

Built in 1935 and closed in 20-06, this theatre is in dire need of repair. Many believe it would be much cheaper just to tear it down and build a new one from scratch. Cardenas, however, says that would be tearing down a piece of his city's history.

“Some would say that it would be more cost effective if you did all new construction,” he said. “But at the same time you wouldn’t have restored the old theatre.”

On Tuesday night, the Corning City Council voted to spend another $75,000 on this project. Once complete, Cardenas says this theatre will be more than just a place to watch movies; it will be about bringing the community together.

Many locals say they're very excited about this coming attraction.

“I think it would give the community something to do on the weekends and give the kids something to do,” said Corning resident Virginia Ruvalcaba. “Everyone’s always been talking about when are they going do it and today seems like a great day.”

This project will cost about $800,000 to complete and officials hope to have it restored by the end of the year.


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