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Old Town Theater to get new life with Vaudeville

Tuesday - 9/4/2012, 12:48pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The new owner of Alexandria's Old Town Theater says the historic space is being renovated to restore its 1914 appearance and become a Vaudeville showplace.

WAMU-FM ( http://bit.ly/OjSgSu) reports the former movie house was slated to become a retail outlet earlier this year. Now new owner Rob Kauffman is working with a theater operator to host daily Vaudeville performances, including short acts people can see while eating lunch.

Kauffman says he's hoping to have a live event every night of the week, including improvisational comedy, lectures and theater productions.

Kauffman had been leaning against using the building as a theater, saying there are few examples of successful theater operations. But some Alexandria residents were outraged over plans to make it a retail space.

The theater is set to reopen by November.

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Information from: WAMU-FM, http://www.wamu.org


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