$16.6 million campaign launched to restore historic Lynchburg theater
By Tim Saunders, Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | Published by WDBJ7.com
March 7, 2013
LYNCHBURG, VA — A new campaign is underway to raise money for the restoration of a historic theater in Lynchburg.
The Academy of Fine Arts announced Thursday morning a $16.6-million campaign to return the Academy of Music Theatre to its original décor while making it a state-of-the-art performance hall.
The Academy of Music Theatre opened in 1905 and hosted many prominent performers before closing in 1958. Efforts have been under way since at least 1975 to restore the theater, but those campaigns have failed to re-open the venue. Ethel Barrymore, Will Rogers, and the Ziegfeld Follies are among the performers who graced the Academy of Music stage.
David Jenkins, executive director for the Academy of Fine Arts, said leaders envision the theater becoming an anchor for downtown that will attract thousands of people to the city every year. (read the whole article here.)