Denton’s Fine Arts Theater To Be Restored

Steven Pickering
May 30, 2018 - 5:45 pm
Denton Fine Arts Theater

Denton Fine Arts Theater

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DENTON (KRLD) - The Fine Arts Theater on the square in downtown Denton is about to get a new lease on life. The building has been sold to a partnership led by the group that operates the historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

"This is something I've been working on for a very long time," said Jason Reimer with Aviation Cinemas. "The obvious attraction is you have this really interesting building that could be doing something with the community."

Reimer is working with Axis Realty to restore the theater, which has been closed since the early 1980's. They plan to add new film and digital projectors along with a sound and lighting system for live performances.

"We're doing a ton of digging right now into the historical aspects of the theater that we can look into preserving," said Reimer. "I'm so thrilled that we'll finally have a chance to give the community back a venue that's been closed for so long. As far as programming, you can look at the Texas Theater as a guide to what we'll be doing. There are community events that we do every day. We'll do a lot of art-house cinema, plus live performance - anything from comedy to podcasts to live music."

It could take up to years to restore the theater and install the new projection equipment.  Reimer anticipates working closely with City of Denton officials on the project. "We're looking to the city definitely to help us get the thing open again, and I think they can see by the success of the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff that the response from the community has been great," he said. "We're definitely going to need as much help as they're willing to give us to get the thing going."