Turnage Theater In Washington Is Closing

The historic landmark that reopened only four years ago will soon go dark again.

Courtesy: Turnage Theater

Just four years after its grand reopening, an historic landmark is about to turn out the lights, again.

The Turnage Theater in Washington's last show will be December 16. The Turnage Theaters Foundation Board of Trustees says it voted to close the theater when "it was determined that operations could not be sustained under the existing financial structure and with projected operating losses."

The foundation says it will be evaluating all alternatives for reopening the theater, but it appears banks will assume ownership of the building.

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  • by The Answer to the Turnage Problem Location: Beaufort Co on Dec 8, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    Things didn't work out for the minority of us that like live music and have actually visited a museum or two in our lifes. So, I think I have an idea to put butts in the seats. Let me speak and write so's all ya'll get it. Two words - Jerry Springer. Seriously, he could tape the show daily and Lord knows he wouldn't need to worry about havin' great topics and lots of local "talent" and stories for the show. The seats would be full of Beaufort, Martin, Bertie, Tyrrell, ... heck I'd bet folks in Johnson Co and other far away lands would load up the truck for sompin like that! Then, at night we could have sum WWE wraslen, start a fight club and do tractor pulls and mud wraslen out back in the parklen lot. It would be a revenue windfall - sorry I mean There is gold in them there seats!!
  • by john Location: farmville on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    there may be an upcoming sale on property at atlantic beach and myrtle beach. stay tuned witn will let you know
  • by One Taxpayer on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    Bet most people do not know that there are unpave street still in the City of Washington. That 500 grand could have been better spent.
  • by Paul Location: Eastern NC on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    I had a local shop next to the Turnage the town elders do not want or like outsiders.My shop was supported by visitors and outher local businesses. I even had issues with long term biz owners my biggest supporters were the sheriff and police depts. The demise of the Turnage and outher businesses is due to High Paying Saleries 80-100K to the people that suppose to promote tourisem and economic developement.
  • by Hometown on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    I don't know if they tried this, but they should bring in bands. People love to see a rock show. Hire some known bands to come in and also let local bands play theer. You could have a rock band one weekend & a country band the next. Also, sell beer and snacks (pizza, tacos, candies, burgers, nachos, ect...). A good sound system & light show. Just a thought. It would also have to be for all of Beaufort County, not just the wealthy
  • by Howard on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    If it ain't redneck we don't wont it. We need stuff in the county with guns and hunting dogs.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:24 AM
    I would have loved to support it. There was just never anything I wanted to spend my money to see.
  • by Lady Location: by the sea on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Mismanagement. The Turnage powers that weren't thought the money would pour in so fast they couldn't count it. Didn't happen, so they booked some (some, not all)acts I'd just as soon watch an infomercial than go see and charged way too much for tickets - as if that would help. They built it and didn't have a clue how to operate it. Too bad.
  • by Citizen on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    If they made this theatre like the Apollo for African Americans, it would have worked!! But we dont get nothing!
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      by Vince on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to Citizen
      You know, I totally agree with you. Our area is rich with black and latino culture. The right performances geared toward these folks would have packed the place if the price was right.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    wonder where all this money is going and why they cant refund peoples money for tickets if your closing the doors...

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