Hold the curtains and stop the popcorn. The grand reopening of the Park Theater won’t take place this Saturday.
The annual Citizens for Progress Scholarship Concert was scheduled to be held at the Park Theater this weekend as the inaugural event at the restored venue. However, due to construction delays, the concert has been moved to Warren County High School. It is scheduled for this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the WCHS auditorium.
“This doesn’t come as a surprise to some people, but we’re going to have to move the concert to the high school,” said concert organizer Todd Herzog. “We sold almost 400 tickets so we don’t want anyone to show up at the Park Theater thinking that’s where it’s going to be. Of course I realize a lot of people bought tickets because it was going to be at the Park, but it’s still going to be a great show.”
Restoration work was originally scheduled to be complete March 31. According to city administrator Bill Brock, crews have been logging late-night hours and working on Saturdays in hopes of making the deadline.
Herzog and other organizers had hoped to squeeze in the April 11 performance, but made the decision Monday night to change the location to WCHS.
“I certainly can’t fault anybody along the way,” said Herzog. “The mayor and aldermen have tried to make it happen and the people have been working hard, but there’s too much left to do. The good news is I saw the Park Theater on Thursday and it’s going to be gorgeous.”