BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Bickey Family announced a tentative agreement to lease The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre to the City of Beckley, and that the holiday films that were planned for the month of December will be shown.
The Raleigh was opened in 2012 and was part of the vision of Dan Bickey, who saw it as a centerpiece to the revival of Beckley’s downtown.
After years of subsidizing the Theatre with profits from other businesses, the family was forced to close the Raleigh, as well as the live-music venue the family owned, Melody’s, last month.
“My family and I are thrilled that this opportunity arose,” said Matthew Bickey, eldest son of Dan, and current president of each of the Bickey companies. “I can’t thank Mayor Rob Rappold and all the members of the City Council enough for recognizing what an integral part of the downtown area the Theatre has become. Now, it gets a chance to continue.”
Details of the arrangement are not finalized at this time, but Shane Pierce will remain as operations manager of the Raleigh, and the formation of a board of several local arts groups is being considered to oversee programming.
Showings of “The Polar Express” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” are planned for later this month.
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