Ro-Na to host Opry

Published 12:56 pm Thursday, September 27, 2012

It seems one well-attended event deserves another. Organizers are announcing a second Opry music evening at the Ron-Na Theatre Oct. 13.

“We raised $1,500 last time after expenses. There were over 100 people in attendance last time. We would like to double that amount this time,” organizer Rick Phelps said. “We will also be projecting the Ohio State Buckeyes night game on the side wall so the Buckeye fans won’t have to choose between the game and the show.”

Phelps said recent renovations to the old theater on South Third Street will add to the event’s appeal.

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“They have nearly completed the front restaurant and bar, nearly finished the green room for the artists, and have cleaned up a lot.”

Musicians slated to attend include Reb Beasley, Dave Bond, Josh Click, Bert Delawder, Rick Ferguson, Randy Hamilton, Pat Malone, Paul Martin, J.D. Thomas, Paul Waginger, Josh Whaley, Timmy Whaley and Shultz Creek.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m.

The Ro-Na was one of Ironton’s movie theaters in its hey day. The theater closed its doors in the late 1970s and except for a stint as an auto parts store, has largely sat empty.

The city took possession of the old theater in 2008 with the intention of saving a part of the city’s history for future use.

The grassroots community group, the Friends of Ironton, has an eight-year lease on the building.

The city has gotten grants and other assistance to help restore the building for use as a community entertainment venue.