Warren Theater working to rebuild


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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 5/24/2013 5:22 pm Published: 5/24/2013 11:31 am


FOX23’s Michelle Linn found one place that's scrambling to re-open, to bring comfort to storm victims.

The Warren Theater just had the opening weekend of the new Star Trek movie, before the tornado rolled in.

There's dirt and tree bark caked to the IMAX sign, some of the Warren Theatre letters are missing and the walkway is littered with debris.

They've got workers putting in long days to get this theater up and running again as quickly as they can.

“When you worry about things and have that excitement of trying to get back to normal that gives you enough energy to keep going … that's always the first thing on your mind, making sure your customers and your staff are okay and that was a big relief that was a huge weight off our shoulders knowing that everyone was safe,” said Dan Grey, the vice president of Warren Theaters.

Grey lives in Wichita and got a phone call the tornado hit this huge theater in Moore. There were about 150 people inside.

“A lot of people were ones that were traveling on 35, they heard about the storm, so they ran in here inside the theater to seek shelter. It's primarily all concrete and steel. All the walls are concrete and secured with steel one of the more secure buildings around here. The only time I’ve seen anything like this is on TV and it's usually a war zone,” he said.

There's damage outside, and they've had to patch the roof, but there's no damage inside and it's important to open these doors again, as soon as they can.

“The one thing that movies can always do for people, it allows them to escape reality for a little bit,” he said.

Grey said they're definitely going to do something for the people in Moore, they're still trying to figure out what type of event to hold and they'll do it down the road, when more people have recovered.


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