Expansion coming to Jenny Wiley Theatre

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Construction is expected to start in January on a new indoor theater in downtown Pikeville for Jenny Wiley Theatre.

It will be an expansion to allow the Jenny Wiley drama group to perform year round.

The City of Pikeville and Jenny Wiley Drama Association have signed an agreement for the new indoor theater in downtown Pikeville.

"The staff and board are so excited about this expansion. It's going to be a great thing," said Marty Childers, Jenny Wiley Theatre Executive Director.

The city of Pikeville has agreed to spend more than one million dollars building the theater.

City officials believe once finished, it will pay for itself by bringing in more tourists and dollars. "The intent is from the standpoint of tourism along with the arts and culture piece is to bring people into eastern Kentucky. Being able to bring professional, quality, indoor theater to downtown Pikeville is a major draw for the entire region," said City Manager Donovan Blackburn.

The 300 seat theater will be built at the corner of Hambley Blvd,Division Street, and Second Street, next to the old Dawahare's building where a parking lot is now. "Location is a prime spot. This gives us a permanent spot year round to do all the other things we do, the indoor shows, holiday productions, fall productions," said Childers.

Jenny Wiley Theatre will also continue to do outdoor shows in Prestonsburg during the summers.

The theater group will also continue the children shows and school programs. "Jenny Wiley can be an even stronger organization," said Childers.

The new theater is expected to open in January, 2013.

A six member committee will determine the construction budget and theater's design and then oversee the actual construction.

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