New Life For Secret City's Grove Theater

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Oak Ridge (WVLT) -- A landmark in the Secret City began its new life on Saturday evening.

The Grove Theater was originally built by the federal government in 1944.

Its goal was to entertain Oak Ridgers at the peak of the Manhattan Project.

By 2004 it had fallen into a state of disrepair, but a local non-denominational church decided it would make the perfect home for its congregation.

Since then The High Places Community Church has been renovating Grove and on Saturday night, the 600 seat auditorium played host to its first public post renovation performance.

"People are coming to see it for the first time in many years and they are just amazed at what has happened," said Rev. Martin Fischer of High Places Community Church. "It has been a community and church effort."

If you want to visit the newly renovated Grove Theater, the children's choir that performed on Saturday night will be back on Sunday afternoon.

You can read more about the theater by clicking on the link below.

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