Historic Texas Theater Opens After Renovations

FORT WORTH (October 22, 2012)--Fort Worth's historic Ridglea Theater is open again after more than two years of renovations.

The 62-year-old theater, which has been a movie house and a concert venue during its history, reopened Saturday.

The theater, which features large lobby murals, will now be a multipurpose venue for movies, concerts and private events.

Jerry Shults paid an undisclosed amount in late 2010 to save the theater from the wrecking ball.

Shults told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the outside neon has been redone, the roof is new and the theater is painted as it was in 1950.

The balcony isn't yet complete but is back to its full size after it was split in two during the late 1980s to form two upstairs theaters.

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