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Preservation Society raising money to restore historic theater

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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

Thanks to the Craft Memorial Library, a group of interested and curious people had an opportunity to tour Bluefield's historic Granada Theater this afternoon.

The Bluefield Preservation Society is on a mission to raise $2.5 million dollars to breathe life back into the building to bring back something special from the city's past. The theater, which sets in what's now Bluefield's depot district was built in 1927 to host vaudeville acts. Shortly after, movies began to be shown there, and for years was a place to have fun and make memories. 

Over $200,000 have been raised thus-far, and hopes are high to reach the monetary goal through go-fund-me, and future tours of the facility.

"Its mainly to let the public know whats going on. the more people that know, the greater our chances. if there's a group out there that hears my voice and knows how to get a hold of us, Bluefield Preservation, they can get on Facebook for that too and find our phone number, we would love to do a tour and show them what a grand facility we have here. We've got $2.5 million to raise; we're going to have to do a lot of tours," says Skip Crane with the Bluefield Preservation Society.

Along with renovating the building itself, the original Wurlitzer organ, which left the Granada years ago, has made it home to Bluefield, and is expected to be restored and rebuilt to fill the performance hall just as it did so many years ago. 

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