Construction Company Takes Centerstage at Appalachian Theatre

The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. (ATHC) announced at their board meeting today that all the necessary building permits have been issued by the Town of Boone for the final phase of renovations to the historic venue. Board chair John Cooper reported that Vannoy Construction Company has been selected as the general contractor.

Vannoy begins work July 30, and anticipates completion of renovations in time for the theatre to reopen as scheduled in the late summer of 2019.

Cooper said that the capital campaign had topped the nine million dollar threshold with enough cash on hand and signed pledge forms to complete building construction. He noted that the organization is still raising funds for furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE) along with non-recurring start-up costs and operational expenses.

Newly-hired Executive Director Laura Kratt is working on a priority ticket purchasing policy for all theater events that will reward early contributors to the capital campaign. Since public tours will soon be suspended or limited to small, hard hat tours for prospective donors, Kratt encouraged supporters to visit the Appalachian Theatre website for periodic updates with behind the scenes photos and videos of construction progress.

Based in Jefferson with North Carolina offices in Asheville, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem, as well as Anderson, SC, Vannoy Construction is a premiere commercial general contractor covering the southeast region and beyond. Founded in 1952, the company is known for a variety of corporate, educational, government, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, and retail projects. Among their many local projects are Roess Dining Hall and the Living & Learning Center at Appalachian State University, Ashe County Courthouse, Grandfather Golf and Country Club, NC Highway 221 and US Highway 21, Samaritan’s Purse Furman Building.

Additional information about the Appalachian Theatre, their ongoing capital campaign, and photos and videos of construction progress may be found on the theatre’s new website,