COLUMBUS, Ga. — A local historic theater has been forced to relocate its upcoming production after storm damage exposed safety risks. The Liberty Theatre Cultural Center was once filled with life, but now after the storm it feels cold.
Executive Director Shae Anderson says the storm caused thousands in damages.
“The stage and throughout the theater and when it’s raining you can hear it come in and somehow the light system shorted out,” she says
Anderson gave News 3 a tour of the historic building and she says it needs major repairs.
“It needs and entirely new roof and it’s been about 20 years since any improvements have been made,” Anderson details. “So of course with the show coming up our priority was the safety of the cast and the crew.”
Michael Soul, the Program Director at Davis Broadcasting Inc. says this theater is part of black history.
“The Liberty Theatre is a jewel in this community,” Soul says. “Being that it’s the place that black people could go back in the day for our entertainment and for our culture. I mean it means a lot.”
Meanwhile Anderson is hopeful in the season of giving, that the theater will raise the funds needed for renovations.
“I’m going to say $15,000 and another $10,000 minimum probably for someone to figure out where the electrical issues are,” she says.
This year’s production of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is now moved to Carver High School.
The production is scheduled to make its debut on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Click here for more information on the Liberty Theatre.