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Style · March 28, 2013

Hornsby, Lovett will open renovated Culpeper theatre

Lyle Lovett photo/Christopher Durst
Bruce Hornsby will open The State Threatre on Saturday night, May 4. Lyle Lovett will perform there one week later.
The renovated State Theatre in downtown Culpeper will open with two musical stars in May.

Bruce Hornsby
, a Grammy Award winner and Williamsburg native, will perform at 8 o’clock Saturday, May 4, opening night for the 560-seat theatre after a $9.3-million renovation.

One week later, another Grammy winner, country singer Lyle Lovett will perform.

State Theatre Foundation Executive Director Ed Bednarczyk unveiled the 2013 schedule during a press conference Monday.

Local businessman Greg Yates in 2004 purchased the 11,000-square-foot building to save it from demolition or conversion to office/retail use. Two years later, Mr. Yates donated it to the non-profit State Theatre Foundation.

State Sen. Benjamin Pitts built Culpeper’s vaudeville movie house, in 1938. The building featured an art deco façade and a modest interior. Of the 30 Pitts Theatres in Virginia, it will be the only one still in use as a movie theatre. The Pitts family leased the theatre to Regal Cinemas in 1973 and it was renamed The State Theatre. For nearly 55 years, it served as Culpeper’s primary movie theatre, until closing in 1993.

It earned National Register of Historic Places designation in 2008.

The foundation must raise another $3 million to pay for the renovation.

Tickets for State Theatre shows will go on sale April 5 at its 311 S. Main St. box office and on its new website. Admission to the Bruce Hornsby concert will range from $39.50 to $49.50 each.
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