New Plans for the Wayne Theatre

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

There’s yet another change of plans for the future of the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro.

After deciding to put the theatre on city council's Capital Improvement Plan, council members have suddenly changed their minds about funding for the theatre.

According to Mayor Tom Reynolds, plans to support the theatre were to be on the city's Capital Improvement list, but Vice-Mayor Nancy Dowdy had doubts, causing council to re-evaluate their position.

"The consensus of council was to add it back, but when she last night said that she'd been rethinking it and thought maybe we should wait, well the consensus of council was to agree with her with that as well," Reynolds said.

So, the plan now for council is to see how much money the theatre can raise on its own, before giving any assistance.

"Since they are, the Wayne Theatre Alliance is in the middle of a fundraiser, let's see how that plays out and see where they end up because that will affect how much they need. Let us see how much we can provide in support of that."

Director of the Wayne Theatre Alliance, Clair Myers says he's disappointed in the sudden change of plans by council. He hopes they can see the value in supporting the landmark.

"It boggles my mind to think that we could have city leadership that would not see the value of this building and would rather have it torn down," Myers said.

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