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Cooper To Tour App Theatre Friday, Public Invited to First Visit To High Country as Governor

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper will visit Boone on Friday, Aug. 4 to tour the historic Appalachian Theatre, located on King Street in downtown Boone.

John Cooper, chair of the theatre’s board of trustees, will lead the tour along with officers of the Appalachian Theatre. The non-profit organization recently completed the first phase of its renovation, which included refurbishing the historic façade and installing an exact replica of the original marquee, both of which have been restored to their 1938 glory. 

At approximately 4:30 pm the Governor will appear under the venerable marquee to make remarks about the importance of vibrant downtowns and their importance to the state’s economy.  He will explain why innovative public-private partnerships such as the Appalachian Theatre enhance communities, build local businesses, and create dynamic tourism destinations.

The Appalachian’s board of trustees cordially invites theatre stakeholders, arts supporters, and the general public to join in welcoming Governor Cooper to Boone during his first visit to the High Country since his election. 

This theatre event is purposefully timed to coincide with the First Friday Arts Crawl sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, and the Concert on the Jones House Lawn begins at 5 p.m. and will feature the Aaron Burdett Band and The Lazybirds.  All activities are free of charge with details available at www.downtownboonenc.com.

Additional information about the Appalachian Theatre and their capital campaign may be found on the theatre’s website,http://www.savetheapptheatre.com.


The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is, “to provide a quality venue for a variety of artistic genres; to contribute to the region by promoting and strengthening the area’s unique cultural identity and creative history; to enhance business in downtown Boone and the High Country; to provide a cultural hub for the area; and to find new life for a historic building while maintaining its financial sustainability and maximizing its economic impact.”