Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:22:08 GMT
When times are tough, small businesses usually take the hardest hit but when things start looking up, they're often the quickest to recover. That's exactly what the Albany Chamber of Commerce says they'veMore >>
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:16:35 GMT
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
December 30, 2004
Albany - After sitting vacant for about 30 years, the old state theater in downtown Albany is alive again. Businessman Sandy Farkas, his nephew Lane Rosen, and Harvest Moon owner Bo Henry bought and renovated the condemned theater. Now, they hope to start new memories inside the old landmark.
For three decades years, the once vibrant State Theater on Pine Avenue slowly dilapidated. "It needed serious renovation. It was condemned because it was just that bad," said theater manager Tracy Atwood. But, the building's condition was not too bad to stop for three men from see the possibility of success.
Theater Manager Tracy Atwood says Bo Henry, Sandy Farkas, and Lane Rosen knew it would take a lot of work and money to breathe life back into the theater, built in 1942. "The stage was in complete ruins. It was terrible.," said Atwood. "We took this floor which was one level and made it three different levels. We redid the balcony so we have more seating and a VIP section up there."
Four months and about a half-million dollars later, "It's amazing from where we came to here. It's a big change." A change many people welcomed for the downtown landmark. "We have so many people who have walked down the street and popped in to say 'Oh, I remember when The Blob played here.' So many people have stopped by and told me the stories of this theater. So, it's interest to have that history and be able to say now that we never though we would see this place open again," said Atwood.
Opening night is just a day away. The theater's first event is a New Year's Eve celebration with music, champagne, and fun, so a new generation can make memories in the historic state theater.
The New Year's Celebration gets underway at 7:30PM December 31st at the State Theater. It cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.