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75th Anniversary of the Saluda Theater

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On Saturday morning, July 30, at 11 am, a professional storyteller, Jessica Willis, presented a program at the Saluda Theater commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Saluda Theater.

The Theater was built in the Art Deco style, in 1936, and is one of the few such theaters remaining in the United States.

It has been partly restored and features its original Art Deco lights and serpentine balcony. Bring your children and grandchildren to a real theater and enjoy the professional storyteller, Jessica Willis.

Jessica is the daughter of Tommy Willis, the Chairman of the Theater Committee of the Saluda County Historical Society. Jessica majored in Theater and Painting at Frances Marion University and now is the Outreach Storyteller in all the Florence District One Elementary Schools. She is a professional storyteller and will provide your children an enjoyable theater experience.

Tommy Willis has contacted the original maker of the marquee letters and they still are in business. Since many of the letters have broken over the past 75 years, Tommy decided to use the storytelling program as a way to raise the funds to replace the marquee letters. Each $5 ticket will purchase one new letter. After the program is over, ice cream and cake will be served. Give your child or grandchild a hand in saying, “I bought one of those letters for the Saluda Theater when I was young.”


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