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Virtual visit
American Marketing and Publishing photographer Kristen Wrenn spent Thursday taking thousands of picture of Magness Library and Park Theater to generate Google Virtual Tours of both. The tours will allow individuals to get a better sense of the venues prior to a visit. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A Google Virtual Tour of Magness Library and Park Theater will soon be available.

“Magness Library is a beautiful building,” said library director Brad Walker. “We’ve worked diligently to take care of it and to renovate it. We felt this would be a wonderful way to spotlight the library and allow people to tour it in a unique way.”

McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Scott McCord and Park Theater manager Kevin Roberts agreed that a Google Virtual Tour would be a great marketing tool for the venue.

“Kevin and I thought it would be a great way to publicize the theater and allow people to see what was inside the theater and allow people to get a view of what their sight lines would be,” said McCord. 

A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location. It lets people experience the location before they arrive so they can get a better sense of what it’s like to visit.

Tour creator American Marketing and Publishing is working with Google to create the virtual tour. Photographer Kristen Wrenn visited Thursday and took 360 pictures of the buildings, inside and out, that will be used by the company to construct the tour.

The library took 1 hour and 30 minutes to photograph. 

“Each building is different,” said Wrenn. “How long it takes me at each site depends on the size of the building.”

Library construction started in 1931. It opened in 1932. An expansion and modernization project was complete in 2007.

Theater construction was complete in 1939 by Cowan Oldham. It closed in 1986. The city of McMinnville started its renovation in 2014. A grand opening was held in May 2015. Today, Park Theater is a multi-use venue. 

Google Virtual Tours are not exclusive to historic buildings. 

According to American Marketing and Publishing’s Lorri Allen, the company has provided its services to numerous business in Warren County.

Allen can be reached at 1-269-832-0042. 

No exact date has been set for the Google Virtual Tours to be available, but an estimate of three weeks was given.