BOONE, N.C. — After eight years of planning and construction, the restored and renovated Appalachian Theatre in downtown Boone will open Oct. 14 — and Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students have been part of the team to bring this historical treasure back to life. The project has provided community service opportunities and a rich learning environment for students.
Dr. Michael McKee, professor emeritus in Appalachian's Department of Economics, conducted an economic impact and tax revenue study for the theater through Appalachian's Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA).
"The study authored by Mike McKee showed the theater will result in a total economic activity increase of approximately $4.5 million per year for the regional economy," Cooper said. "That information was extremely helpful in seeking grants."