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Town reports Jackson Theatre back on schedule

Staff Writer [email protected]

The curtain will rise once again at the Jackson Theatre.

“There have been delays in moving forward consistently with construction due
to the difficulty in obtaining building materials,” Town Administrator Glenn Rosenoff said. “GRC Construction has indicated that they now have the materials needed or are on a delivery schedule that will allow them to work from early March to the completion of the project.”

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen secured the funding necessary to complete the renovation of the Jackson Theatre in September of 2021, after which they entered into a contract with GRC to undertake the work, according to Rosenoff.

The Jackson, together with the newly renovated Jones- borough Repertory Theatre, will become a state-of-the-art, theatre complex, that, accord- ing to Rosenoff, will add to the pages of Jonesborough’s history.

The Jackson Theatre, as it is known now, opened in the 1940s, before it was closed and turned into office space sometime in the 1950s. The building’s first name was the Blue Mouse Theatre which opened in the 1920s to show moving pictures that were black and white with no sound.

Renovations began on the Jackson Theatre in 2017 and have continued on and off ever since, carefully working around supply issues and a pandemic.

According to town officials, the original completion date was for late 2018 and kept getting pushed back; one reason including the delayed shipping of steel when the project first began.

But now, construction on the Jackson Theatre is on schedule, said Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest.

“Our contractor has done a great job getting materials ordered and stored locally so we aren’t hampered by supply chain issues,” he said. “They are inside working now, and we are clarifying a few design needs.”

Rosenoff continues that they will begin to add finishing elements soon. However, these have to be done in a specific order for everything to come together the way it needs to.

“They will start with pouring the concrete floor in the audience area that they need to work from to install I-beams and interior framing for ceilings and walls,” he said.

Despite the setbacks over the years, Vest says they still expect the Jackson Theatre to open late this year.