|Lerner Theatre88 Years Young - Restored Venue Opens To Rave Reviews
Posted: June 19, 2011
ELKHART, IN (AP) — An 88-year-old theater came alive with music for the first time after a major restoration of the northern Indiana city centerpiece.
The 1,700-plus seats of the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart were filled Thursday night for the performance by the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra. It was the first public event of its grand opening week after the two-year, $18 million expansion and restoration project.
Elkhart residents Chuck and Sylvia Wilson were among the first to arrive. Chuck Wilson tells The Elkhart Truth that one of the last times he was in the theater was when he was hanging off of scaffolding while painting the organ's pipes in the 1980s.
He says the restored theater is wonderful and is just what it should look like.