OUR VIEW: Another big step for the Royal Theater

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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Everything in Hogansville revolves around the Royal Theatre. It’s been that way for a long time, including before and after it was used as city hall.

Numerous Hogansville City Councils have debated the future of the historic building for years, with the decision reached a few years ago to restore it into an actual theater that will serve various purposes.

But, funding, as it always is, has been the biggest issue. Thankfully, good news was delivered last week as the city found out it has been approved for a $750,000 grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration.

That was the final funding needed to get bids for demo and rehab work for the building.

This is also another win for Community Development Director Lynne Miller, who fills out for grant after grant to help the city of Hogansville. She again came through for the city.

The theater opened in 1937 and in just over a decade will be approaching its 100th anniversary. The city council made the right decision a few years ago in moving city hall out of the building so that the theater can again be used for its rightful purpose. Now, progress is again being made on making that a reality.