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'Brew and view' theater opening delayed

Job applications will be taken Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:50 p.m. CST
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Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and Avon Theater owner Skip Huston speak inside the downtown theater in March. The Sterling Theater is accepting job applications, but it may not open until August. Numerous construction delays and permitting has forced Huston to move back the opening date.
Skip Huston
Skip Lee

STERLING – The Sterling Theater is accepting applications, but it may not open until August.

Skip Huston, who owns the downtown theater along with The Avon Theater in Decatur, said he’s now targeting a July 26 opening, but it may likely be later than that.

The theater – a "brew and view" in which theatergoers can eat and have drinks during the movie – will open only after it’s completed, and he isn’t planning a soft opening, Huston said.

“The 26th could happen. Our whole slogan the whole time has been, ‘It'll shine when it shines.’ We're not on a deadline to get it open.”   

The theater was scheduled to open July 3, but Huston said numerous construction delays and permitting have forced him to move back that date.

In the meantime, he is looking to hire a manager and assistant manager, in addition to eight or 10 other positions. Those interested in applying can stop by the theater, 402 Locust St., beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In December, the Sterling City Council lent $550,000 from its capital fund to the Greater Sterling Development Corp. to buy the vacant theater. The GSDC sold it to Huston, who will make monthly payments for 11 years.

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