May 4th was a day that many residents of Culpeper and beyond had eagerly awaited.
After years of renovation, the historic State Theatre opened its doors to the public; but this wasn’t just any grand opening – Bruce Hornsby was there to entertain an already sold-out concert.
The 1938 Art Deco theatre, once a vital part of downtown Culpeper, had sat dormant for a decade and fallen into near-disrepair. Culpeper natives Greg and Liz Yates came along and purchased the building, and together with community members of the State Theatre Foundation, a $9.3 million historic rehabilitation took place.
The 550-seat theatre features many restored historic elements, such as the iconic neon marquee. They took extreme care in regards to reproductions, like the original carpet design and lighting fixtures. In addition, they invested in a state-of-the-art sound system, expanded the stage, and created a 50-seat black box theatre for smaller shows.
Besides being their CPA firm, Yount, Hyde & Barbour played a very supportive role in the redevelopment of the theatre.
Principal Gary Lee, who joined the State Theatre Foundation’s board as a founding member in 2004, has helped to raise the money needed to restore the community icon.
“YHB’s involvement for the past nine years demonstrates the firm’s commitment to community values and quality of life for the local citizenry,” said Gary.
A few months ago, Principal Chris Pearson was treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre before it opened its doors. Ed Bednarczyk, the State Theatre Foundation’s executive director, gave us a sneak peek, explaining the renovation process and future plans. See below for photos of the tour:
Yount, Hyde & Barbour, along with the citizens of Culpeper, greatly looks forward to enjoying this newly restored downtown icon for many years to come. Congratulations and good luck to the State Theatre!