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Pal Theater undergoing remodel in Vidalia

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The Pal Theater had entertained generations here in Vidalia since it opened in 1927. Only a few years ago did they stop showing first run movies here.

Now, that the City of Vidalia owns it, they hope to bring it back to life with entertainment again, but this time more homegrown.

The first days of demolition inside leave piles of old wood in a heap. Crews have opened up the space as the city and other groups plan to make the old movie house into a home for dance recitals, a community theater and more.

"We have spent the past year and a half planning, researching, we've visited four area theaters,” said Alexa Britton, Vidalia CVB.

They want something that functions as modern space but shows off its history in pieces like the pressed tin ceilings. It will cost more than $1.5 million.

Part of that will come from local option sales tax, the rest from grants and private donations and a fundraising campaign.

"We know that there are a lot of fond memories in that building and we want the community to be part of what it becomes,” said Britton.

Upstairs can house rooms for dance lessons, rehearsals, and more. They'll do the work up there in stages as they have the funds.

They don't have a timetable on when the upstairs work would be finished, but they hope to have the theater finished by 2017 in time for the Pal's 90th anniversary.

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