Restored Guthrie Theater in Grove City reopens with sold-out ‘Avengers’ showing

what — in Grove City anyway — can be considered Red Carpet treatment. The Guthrie is showing first run movies again. First News reporter Rod Cowan made it to the grand reopening. [A18]20190426 GUTHRIE OPENS NT-PK The marquee lights were on, the popcorn was popping and the sodas were flowing And the tickets …. were GONE. A sold out showing of the 7pm movie Avengers Endgame had 450 happy people inside the remodeled Guthrie Theater. Although the new owner may look young, Spencer Folmar is from Clearfield county and he is now a Director and Producer in LA but he is no stranger to the Guthrie. “I ENDED UP GOING TO GROVE CITY COLLEGE SO DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER, I WOULD COME TO THE GUTHRIE AS OFTEN AS I COULD AND SEE MOVIES HERE.” Folmar is pleased with the crowds showing up to the revamped theater. The Guthrie Theater, built back in 1927 had fallen on disrepair last year and was sold for the 6th time. “I KNEW ERIC THOMAS, THE PREVIOUS OWNER, WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIS SON. SO I REACHED OUT TO ERIC AND SAID IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN HELP YA’LL RE-OPEN AND HE SAID WELL, YOU CAN ALL TAKE OVER AND BECOME THE NEW OWNERS….AND LITERALLY TWO WEEKS LATER WE HAD THE DEED.” The Guthrie has modern digital technology and much of the building has been restored. Grove City’s mayor says the Guthrie can begin to restore memories for a newer generation. “WE HAVE GOT NEW OWNERSHIP NOW SO THE QUEEN OF BROAD STREET IS BACK OPEN AGAIN…. BRINGING BACK THE MEMORIES THAT SOME OF US HAD OF THE 60S AND 70S” The response for tonight’s opening was so overwhelming that a 2nd showing of the so overwhelming that a 2nd showing of the Avengers was added tonight. Folmar told me that he will maximize the entertainment at the Guthrie, not just with first run movies, but live entertainment, comedy shows, showcases and a Veritas Film festival. Rod Cown WKBN 27 First News at 10.

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