2008-12-10 / Local News

What's it going to be?

By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com

A look at the possibilities. The Capri Theatre, shuttered last August as a second run movie house, reopened for a night during the Christmas on Limestone event. Still a work in progress, owners Clyde and Mary Hudson showed off their remodeling efforts and the Capri's potential future life as a live performance venue. Here, patrons watch one of the two musical groups that performed on the Capri stage. A look at the possibilities. The Capri Theatre, shuttered last August as a second run movie house, reopened for a night during the Christmas on Limestone event. Still a work in progress, owners Clyde and Mary Hudson showed off their remodeling efforts and the Capri's potential future life as a live performance venue. Here, patrons watch one of the two musical groups that performed on the Capri stage. For the first time since Aug. 24, the Capri Theatre was back in business Friday night. Long facing stiff competition from multiplexes, the singlescreen movie house closed at the end of the summer, signaling the end of a 70-year era of sorts.

But almost immediately after the theater closed, work began on breathing new life into the location. Owners Clyde and Mary Hudson gave a sneak peak at their ongoing renovations when they opened the Capri for live musical performances during the Christmas on Limestone event. Roughly half of the seats in the theater have been removed and a raised platform was constructed in the back of the building, a balcony from which to watch the live performances. Several comfortable couches were placed on the platform.

Two musical groups, Martha Bassett and Christabel & The Jons, performed Friday night from the Capri's stage, giving audience members a generous mix of folk, jazz, blues and swing. Still a work in progress, the Capri needs coverings over raw timber frames that have been installed on the interior brick walls. The raised platform is not yet finished and Clyde Hudson said a second platform is planned.

The Hudsons haven't officially announced their long-range plans, but Clyde had said earlier this year his family had been exploring the idea of a brick oven pizza restaurant. But should the Hudsons want to show movies, the large screen remains in place and intact.

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