Acadiana looking forward to re-opening of The Grand Theatre

Just a few weeks shy of the two month anniversary of the Grand Theatre Shooting and many are saying Lafayette has healed and it’s time to move forward.

The Grand Theatre has been a quiet scene since the tragic events of July, 23rd.
After the caution tape and broken glass were swept away this memorial is all that remains.
For some, like Mellow Mushroom Front of House Manager Rebecca Vickers, the silence is defining.

“When you come in at night it just stays dark over there. It’s just like this dark hole and the longer it’s closed the longer we are still going to feel like it was just yesterday that it happened.”” Said Vickers.

For Louis Prejean the thought of the theatre reopening is earie but he feels it will be beneficial for the community.

“I don’t think I would be scared but I guess you never know until you go. Even though Lafayette suffered this horrible tragedy I think once it reopens we will be able to come closer as a community. I can definitely see where the fear comes from though.” Said Prejean.

Although the shooting has forever changed Lafayette.
Vickers says reopening the theatre could help the community heal.

“The only way we are going to be able to move on is for them to reopen and for families to come out and enjoy movies again.”” Said Vickers.

Vickers says she hopes the theatre will reopen in time for the holidays.

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