“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.