Clyde Theater kicks off its renovation project


RENOVATION OF THE CLYDE THEATER GOT UNDERWAY. MANY OF THE PEOPLE AT THE GROUNDBREAKING WERE THRILLED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION WILL GET TO EXPERIENCE THE THEATER JUST LIKE THEY DID YEARS AGO. NEWSCHANNEL 15’S KELLY ROBERTS WAS THERE AND JOINS US WITH MORE ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. TODAY ANCHORS A NEW ERA FOR THE CLYDE THEATER. BUT CITY LEADERS IN ATTENDANCE COULDN’T HELP BUT THINK BACK ON A ERA LONG AGO. NAT: 3,2,1 BELL RINGS. PRECUSSIONIST RICK KINNEY RINGS HIS HANDMADE BELL TO MARK THE START OF RENNOVATIONS AT THE CLYDE THEATER. IT WAS HIS LOVE OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS THAT INSPIRED HIM TO BUY THE RUN DOWN BUILDING IN 2012. RICK KINNEY/OWNER: 23:06-:16 I’VE PROMOTED CONCERTS IN FORT WAYNE SINCE I WAS 13 YEARS OLD SO I’VE BEEN PROMOTING CONCERTS FOR 22 YEARS. I CARE A LOT OF ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY. I’VE BEEN HERE FOR 30 YEARS, AND IT MEANS A LOT OF ME TO SEE FORT WAYNE GROW. KINNEY SAYS WHEN CONSTRUCTION IS DONE IN SPRING OF 2018 IT WILL BE A WORLD CLASS PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO. RICK KINNEY: 23:05:32-:42 OUR AIM IS TO HAVE ONE OF THE BEST PERFOMRING ARTS CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY.IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER VENUE IN FORT WAYNE OR THE REGION. WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO 2200 STANDING ROOM CONCERTS. MORE THAN HALF OF THE 5 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS PRIVATELY FUNDED. MAJOR INVESTORS INCLUDE SWEETWATER SOUNDS’S CHUCK AND LISA SURACK. JOHN HOPKINS/ SWEETWATER SOUND: 22:46:53-:04 CHUCK GREW UP ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF HERE ON WEBSTER STREET AND WENT TO SCHOOL ABOUT FOUR MILES AWAY AT WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS VERY FOND MEMORIES OF COMING TO THE CLYDE THEATER FOR MOVIES. MAYOR TOM HENRY:22:48:56-:03 I TOO EXPERIENCED QUIMBLY VILLAGE GROWING UP. I HAVE SPECIAL MEMORIES AT THE CLYDE THEATER. THE PROJECT IS ALSO PUBLICALLY FUNDED. IT RECEIVED A 1 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE STATE’S REGINOAL CITIES FUND. AND CITY COUNIL UNANIMOUSLY AGRRED TO GIVE IT A 1 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN FROM THE CITY’S LEGACY FUNDS RICK KINNEY DOES HAVE A PLAN FOR THE FIRST SHOW AT THE CLYDE THEATER. BUT.. HE DIDN’T SPILL THE BEANS ON THAT TODAY. COMING UP AT 6.. HEAR WHAT KINNEY IS MOST EXICTED TO SEE.. AND HEAR ONCE RENNOVATIONS ARE COMPLETE. IN STUDIO 15 KELLY ROBERTS NEWSCHANNEL 15.

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