Oak Ridge Theater Being Refurbished for Community Use

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A theater built during World War II in Oak Ridge will soon see new life as a performance center for community groups.

Members of High Places Community Church are working with volunteers, state prison inmates and others to revive and restore the Grove Theater in Grove Center.

The 600-seat auditorium is re-emerging in a building that also houses the nondenominational church.

The grand opening is expected in a month or less.

The original theater was built by the government and opened in August 1944, during the peak of the Manhattan Project to build the world's first atomic bomb.

During its heyday, the theater showed both first-run movies and hosted performances by such notables as violinist Isaac Stern.

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