Randy Parton Theater Struggling

A $21 million theater at the center of a North Carolina community's plan to boost economic development is now looking for a jump-start itself.

Attendance has been lackluster at the two-month-old Randy Patron Theatre.

The attraction has now hired Raleigh advertising firm French/West/Vaughan to help raise attendance at the 15-hundred seat theater. The advertising firm plans to place up to 15 billboards along Interstate 95 next month, launch Internet ads and distribute brochures at rest stops.

The theater's operations have been shrouded in secrecy, prompting speculation about its well-being.

Job-strapped Roanoke Rapids borrowed the money to build and maintain the theater and is responsible for repaying the debt.

City officials have refused to release financial data about the attraction.

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  • by CONNIE Location: SNOW HILL on Oct 7, 2007 at 05:37 AM
  • by sue Location: Williamston on Oct 6, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    Attended Randy Parton theater last week, Great Show!!! Just needs some good advertising for people to know more about it. Randy's fiddle player is from Williamston NC and boy can she play a fiddle (and sing too). I've never been a real county music fan, but this show is worth checking out.
  • by kim Location: kelford on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    after watching the town i grew up in struggle, i think mr. parton should jump in and help with the funding for programs and help the town pay off the debt
  • by Cindy Location: Plymouth on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    That is what they get for not building it in Eastern N.C. like he first looked at, where do they think they are going to find people to go there in that part of the state? You know what they say stuff happens.
  • by Carol Location: Vanceboro on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:17 AM
    OLF I have read of several existing sites that seemed to be great possibilities however, do not recall reasons why they were not acceptable. Have not seen convincing info that OLF is needed and think justification should be available to the public. Wanting and needing are two seperate issues
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    at least blackwater knows what the meaning of war is. so much for our goverment.

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