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Lubbock resident working to restore Granada Theater in Plainview

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Updated: 11/17/2012 11:18 pm
It was once full of life and culture, but it has been 15 years since the Granada Theater in Plainview has been up and running. Now, it's getting revamped.

"We are trying to raise $100,000 from the community and interested supporters, folks that have an interest in seeing this come back."

Lubbock resident Darryl Holland, whose grandfather was a partner in the theater for many years, purchased the Granada in early August.

"It's kind of a family heritage project for me, but mostly, it's something that's good for the community," Holland said. "And, we want to do something that's good, and leaves a legacy, and something that really just has a lot of good possibilities for Plainview."

He said they already have a few ideas in mind for the restoration.

"We want to do concerts and community events. We've even had people ask about doing weddings here when we get this going," Holland said. "So, we'll have a center aisle, where you can walk down the aisle, the whole bit. So, that's kind of what it's about, is trying to restore it, and make it a multi-purpose facility."

"I love it. I mean, he wants to recreate something that was nostalgic, and family-oriented, and we need that."

Sally Gubser, owner of The Wall Gallery in Plainview, said she believes wholeheartedly in the project, and what it will do for downtown.

"He might look like Noah building an arc over there, but I think people that are savvy enough to get on board and see what's happening, I think we can really create something here that creates commerce, and it's just going to benefit this entire community," Gubser said.

"Yeah I think it will," Keenan Harris, who works at The Brew downtown, said. "I mean, we have a restaurant that's just started up over there, and then we have The Brew here, so an added feature, an added entertainment feature can't do anything but help the downtown area."

Holland said they have until the end of December to raise the money. If everything goes as planned, he hopes to start the process by January.

For more information or to help out with the project, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/.
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True Christian - 11/17/2012 6:31 PM
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This was a beautiful old theatre...with the lovely carvings and all the softly (but colorfully) lit niches high up along the walls. I hope enough people and organizations will support the Restoration to take the Granada back to what it was in all its glory! It will be a great attraction for our region.
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