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Movie theater to shift roles for concert

On Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its third concert of the 2006 Series. This show will feature a couple of local bands and will be held in a "new" venue, the Twin Cinema in downtown Thomson.

The show, featuring the Crosstie Walkers and Mountain Fever, will be presented in the same sort of informal format as the concerts that have been held in the Depot, only a change of location. No movies will be shown that evening and the concert will be in the "lower" theatre, where the original theatre stage still stands.

The idea for staging live events at the theatre comes from discussions about how arts and music activities are necessary ingredients for any active downtown area. According to Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert, there are small towns across the south where a theatre plays a pivotal role in attracting locals and tourists to the core city.

"We are fortunate that the owners of The Twin Cinema agreed to partner with the Chamber to run this experiment so to speak, ... to see how well live entertainment can be presented in this space," she said. "Who knows what this could lead to on down the road as we move into a more active phase of redeveloping downtown? We are fortunate to have an active theatre. ... Most small communities either don't have one or have torn them down for a variety of reasons."

The music on Nov. 18 will be provided by Crosstie Walkers, a band with local roots and a good following across the CSRA. They have recorded three independently produced CD's of original tunes, the latest titled Headed Home. Point your web browser to for more information about the band. Opening will be Mountain Fever, an acoustic trio from Atlanta, featuring Thomson's Frank Locklear on vocals and bass.

Tickets - which cost $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door - are available at the Chamber. For more information, please call 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006

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