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The Rex Theater in Galax will be closed for three months starting in early January while the ceiling is replaced and the lighting is upgraded, according to Galax Tourism Director Ray Kohl.
The doors will lock on the city’s historic performance venue following a hectic chain of scheduled holiday events.
“The theater still has the original ceiling, which was built in the 1930s. It’s in very bad shape,” Kohl said.
Kohl approached the city earlier this year to request funding in the budget to replace the ceiling, as he was afraid that it would soon become a safety issue. “We have already seen bits of the ceiling come down,” Kohl said.
In addition to these repairs, Kohl looks forward to replacing the lights in the theater, as well. “The new lighting will allow us to hold meetings in the seating area, which isn’t possible now because it is too dark.”
The project will cost $150,000 to implement, and will involve three months of work, as all of the chairs will need to be removed from the theater while the old ceiling is torn down and replaced.
Although the repair is necessary for safety, Kohl noted that there will be other benefits as well, such as better acoustics for the performers.
While the Rex Theater is closed, the weekly Blue Ridge Backroads Live radio show will be broadcast from the Galax Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on Country Club Lane in Galax. Fans are encouraged to continue attending these shows at the temporary location on Friday nights from 8-10 p.m. Concessions will be available.
The Rex Theater will re-open in April 2014.