The Grand Théâtre finally reopens after a 15-month hiatus

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – For a very long time the Grand Théâtre marquee had the terminator quote “I’ll be back” and they finally kept that promise because on Friday they reopened after being closed for over a year.

“I can’t wait to see people come out after the movie with tears in their eyes or smiles on their faces, so it’s always good to see that growing up going to this movie theater when I was young, that ‘It’s always good to see this paid off,’ said Grand Foundation President Craig Hand.

President Craig Hand said it was hard to be shut down all these months, but they did what they thought was best for everyone.

“We really couldn’t do it when we had to space the seats a lot apart at the price we charge for admission,” Hand said. “We just can’t afford to do this with sparse seats, so when we figured out we could let people in and it felt more normal, we decided to open it again.”

The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and the movie In The Heights began at 7:15 p.m. Kathleen Teichmeier bought four tickets to watch it with her family.

“I love Hamilton, so I’m delighted to see,” Teichmeier said. “I think it’s the same writer and director, so excited to see this.”

It was the first time Teichmeier could fully experience the Grand Theater, as she had only seen a documentary for a fundraiser once since arriving on Grand Island two years ago.

“I’ve been through here many times and it has been closed so I wish it had been open,” Teichmeier said. “I saw the We Are Back sign so we made sure to come on the first opening night.”

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