Theaters bring life back to abandoned area

The Grand Majestic Theater has moved to the Parkway from Teaster Lane. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

The Grand Majestic Theater has moved to the Parkway from Teaster Lane. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Theaters are moving back into a once abandoned area along the Pigeon Forge Parkway and bringing new economic growth to the area.

The Grand Majestic Theater just completed a move on to the Parkway, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to give the building a complete makeover.

"New sound system, we've remodeled the stage. The lighting is al new, and the shows," said Doug Miranda, Owner of the Grand Majestic Theater. "Location Location Location. We have thousands of people that pass by this building At the other location less than a hundred sometimes."

Miranda moved in beside the Memories Theater, a building that was abandoned like the others for a project that's not moved forward so far. The Grand Majestic Theater says they can stay in the building through the end of the year for sure.

There's also another new show going in July 1 and it will be a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group show. This show will be housed in the old Kickin' Country building.

The city's mayor says businesses moving back in is a good sign that the city's economy is getting better.

"That's what's great about Pigeon Forge, there's always something new. So this should add to the inventory of already great shows that we have so we're excited about them opening up," said Mayor David Wear.

We're told the project that is proposed for the area is still being planned on.

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