BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) – The Buchanan Theatre is a favorite amongst locals. Many in the area grew up having a place to see a feature film without traveling to Roanoke or further to Lynchburg. Several locals say before it closed in the mid-1980s it was the local spot to be, and now that the theatre is back it still brings the community together.
“Just having this venue here just brings people together here in this community it brought back a lot of memories for me after it was closed down, you know my memories of my childhood here.”David Austin – Buchanan Resident
Without the hard work and dedication from local volunteers, this dream wouldn’t be the reality it is today. Area students pitch in and donate their time to volunteer at the Buchanan Theatre.
“They just learn so much by being here and it gives them a sense of pride to because this is their theatre.”Kathy Munsey – Buchanan Theatre Volunteer
The Theatre is giving new life to the Town of Buchanan, businesses having more customers in their stores and restaurants. People coming from out of town, to shop and get a bite to eat then see a movie in the historic Buchanan Theatre.
It really is returning the heart of the community and its drawing people in for the entire experience. They can come here early, they’re doing some shopping, they’re going to eat local restaurants and they’re coming to the movie.”Harry Gleason – Community Development Planner / Town of Buchanan
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