The Roanoke Rapids Theatre will go dark for much of July to give new management time to prepare for new shows.
The city still expects South Carolina-based Gilmore Entertainment to release a full schedule of matinee, weekend and holiday shows during a transition period.
But the city said that no performances will be scheduled "for the first few weeks in July."
The letter of intent between Gilmore Entertainment and the city
expires July 1. Company officials said they continue to talk with
the city about whether the company's ideas were a good fit for the
The venue had been named The Randy Parton Theatre before an
agreement between the city and the brother of country music star
Dolly Parton fell apart. The city borrowed $21.5 million to build
the facility, hoping it would help the town's struggling economy.