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Old Town Theater being restored back to the future

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A historic theater in Old Town Alexandria is in the process of receiving an extreme makeover.

The Old Town Theater closed in January after showing feature films for decades.

But the theater, located on King Street, is going back to the future.

When we last visited the Old Town in January it was shutting down after being a movie theater off and on since the 1920s.

New owner Rob Kaufman planned to convert it into retail stores.

But the community begged him to keep it a theater.

Now he's restoring the building, not to the movie theater it was in the 20s, but to when it opened as a vaudeville theater - in 1914.

And as Kaufman and the construction crew started working on all three levels of the theater, they started uncovering things they don't believe anyone has seen in 90 years.

They found a cast-iron staircase covered over in the 20s.

On the third level the crew uncovered where folks danced the night away when Woodrow Wilson was president.

Kaufman plans to have everything from plays to music to lectures here, plus food and alcohol.

He says the grand opening will be next month.

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