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The leadership team at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) announced today that the final phase of construction has been completed and that the newly-renovated 1938 landmark will begin operations this month. The first performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019 when John McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be joined by his current band, The String Wizards, with special guests Rodney Dillard and Jack Lawrence, for a concert titled, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” This event is sponsored by The Mast General Store.

“The name of that event is fortuitous since we’ve now come full circle with this project,” said John Cooper, chair of the theatre’s board of trustees. “What began as the ‘Save The Appalachian Theatre’ task force in December 2011 has grown to involve over 500 volunteers and thousands of community stakeholders, all of whom have given generously of their time, talent, and resources to make this dream become a reality.”

Laura Kratt, Executive Director of the ATHC, has programmed a diverse slate of offerings for the opening weeks of the theatre, designed to show off the venue and its many production capabilities. “While staying true to the original purpose as a movie theatre, we’re showcasing regional and national artists.” In addition to John McEuen, the October schedule includes the Halloween film “Hocus Pocus” on October 25 and 26.

In an effort to thank the community for their continued support, several free events have been programmed during the opening weeks. This Friday, October 4, marks the beginning of a month long exhibit at the Jones House on the Appalachian Theatre sponsored by Digital Watauga, the Watauga Historical Society, and the Watauga Public Library. An historical lecture by Dr. Eric Plaag, chair of Digital Watauga, about “Western Carolina’s Finest Theatre” will be given on Wednesday, October 16 in the theatre.

Also free of charge is a performance by the popular U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, a 19- piece ensemble that is the official touring band of the United States Army. They will perform a Big Band concert for the general public on Thursday, October 17.

Additional programming will be announced at least twice each month and will include both community-based events and outside rentals, such as the Appalachian Opera Theatre performing “Die Fledermaus” on November 8 and 10, and the Carolina Snowbelles on December 13 and 14. Kratt said members of the theatre’s e-mailing list will be the first persons notified once programs are announced and go on sale.

Tickets to the general public for the first month’s events are only available online beginning Monday, October 7. For information about phone ticket orders and in person sales, call (828) 865-3000. Note that the theatre’s onsite box office hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to each curtain. The Appalachian Theatre is located at 559 West King Street in uptown Boone, NC next to the Boone Town Hall.

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