FAIRBORN — Talks between the City of Fairborn and outside individuals interested in revamping the Fairborn Theatre on Broad Street were once in infancy stages. However, plans are “toddling” along.
“We have no intention of demolishing the theatre,” City Manager Rob Anderson said. “We want to restore that to its original glory.”
The operator interested in revamping the theatre is seeking to show classic movies, according to Anderson, in addition to including food and areas to eat, revitalizing the theatre to ultimately be a “cinema grill.” The large vertical sign, which displays “Fairborn” on the front of the building, would also be restored. However, like any project, funding is a factor.
“It is a very expensive renovation project,” he said. “We’re evaluating those costs at the moment.”
Talks are currently in place of hosting a drive-in movie on the outside wall of the theatre as the layout of the parking lot allows such an activity to take place. The event, not currently scheduled, would be free in order to generate interest in the theatre from community members. Although donations, which would go toward revitalizing the theatre and/or hosting similar events, would be accepted.
“[It’s] a long process because it’s a significant renovation,” Anderson said.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.