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Historic North Theatre to Reopen in Danville


Danville, VA -- The Historic North Theatre is reopening in Danville. The theatre has been closed for years until a new owner took over.

Crews spent the day getting the stage ready and getting the tricks set up.

The seats have stayed empty and the lights off at the Historic North Theatre until now.

"I said this has got to be saved. Little did I know I was going to be the guy doing the saving," said Wayne Alan, a celebrity magician and owner of North Theatre.

 Alan got his first taste of magic as a child when his friend made a pencil disappear.

"He says, 'Magicians never reveal their secrets.' I said 'I'll find out'. So I went to my school library then I went to my county library and I've been finding out how they work ever since," said Alan.

Now Alan is using his world-traveling magic show to revive Danville's theatre. He plans to combine sleight of hand with large scale illusions for a monthly performance.

"A little bit of a cross of Broadway, Las Vegas, and Branson and good old Danville," said Alan. 

Plus, Alan plans to host other kinds of shows.

"I felt this was a wonderful opportunity for me and I think equally so for all the great people in Danville," said Alan. 

"He has actually told me that he wants to bring people from up to 5 hours away into Danville to make Danville a tourist destination and he is going to do that by bringing some of the best performances Danville's ever seen," said Mandy Matherly-Stowe with the Board of Historical Society. 

For Alan, the best part of the show is after the abra-cadabra.

"The look on people's faces of 'wow how did you do that.' The same look I had when Larry made that pencil disapPear is a neat look," said Alan.

The first show is a preview show Thursday night. Then, Allen will host the Grand Opening show on Saturday.

You can get tickets on the theater's website.

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