Fox Theatre Institute to aid in restoration of Warrenton landmark

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 3:45 PM
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Warrenton’s Knox Theatre will receive a $20,000 grant and restoration assistance from the Atlanta-based Fox Theatre Institute.

The historic Knox Theatre in Warrenton, Ga., will receive a $20,000 grant from Atlanta's Fox Theatre Institute to help with restoration.  SPECIAL
The historic Knox Theatre in Warrenton, Ga., will receive a $20,000 grant from Atlanta's Fox Theatre Institute to help with restoration.

“They will be working with us, and using the grant toward structural and electrical work,” said O.B. McCorkle, the director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

The theater, built in the 1930s, is a landmark in the east Georgia town. Although its facade has been restored, the interior requires a complete renovation.

The Fox Theatre Institute is an outreach program created by Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The Warrenton structure is among three 2012-13 Georgia restoration projects, with others in Springfield and Toccoa.

The Knox Theater is owned by Warren County, McCorkle said.

Officials hope to tie the renovation of the theater into improvements funded by a $300,000 Transportation Enhancement Act grant administered by Georgia’s Department of Transportation.

The grant is for a pedestrian facility that will include access to the theater and restrooms, she said.

The Fox Theatre Institute’s grant will be channeled through Hometown Warrenton, a nonprofit revitalization group.

“One of the main reasons we are excited to work with the Fox group is that they have so much expertise and knowledge about historic theaters,” McCorkle said.

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Dan White 10/25/12 - 04:17 pm

O. B. and the progressive leaders in Warrenton have had this dream for years. Congrats!

Techfan 10/26/12 - 06:09 am
Back in the 1970's and early

Back in the 1970's and early 1980's all of my friends went there. Ragged but the tickets and snacks were cheap. Glad it's coming back.

Jane18 10/26/12 - 10:33 am
Springfield Theatre

The next time I am in Effingham County(born and reared there), I am going to check out what is going to be done to the old Springfield Theatre. The last time I saw it, work had been done, and there was some type of business in it. I do remember getting to go there once or twice as a child. But, about about 2 miles out of Springfield was the Drive-In Movie, that was family fun for sooooooo many of us! Oh.. the good times with my parents, siblings, cousins and friends. My son will be happy to hear about the theatre in Warrenton, he and his fiancee' come to Thomson or go to Augusta for their movie dates. Good for The FOX Theatre, it was always great place to go after moving to Atlanta and Cobb County. Saw ALL of Clint Eastwood's movies there......

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