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Fire-Damaged Crown Uptown Theatre To Remain Closed For Up To Two Months

Katelynn McIlwain
It could take between two and eight weeks to repair the Crown Uptown Theatre's air conditioning units damaged in last week's fire.

The show will go on for Crown Uptown’s production of “Come Together: A Beatles Revue,” but not this weekend.

General manager Max Wilson says the building was struck by lightning three times during last Friday’s debut performance, which was cut short halfway because of an electric fire beneath the stage.

“We thought once we got electricity turned back on to every outlet in the building that everything would work out,” he said. “But it looks like we have a little bit more damage than we thought to the infrastructure.”

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Three air conditioners need to be replaced, a fix that likely won’t happen for another two to eight weeks, Wilson said.

This weekend’s shows at Crown Uptown are cancelled, but the Orpheum Theatre downtown has agreed to stage “Come Together: A Beatles Revue” next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticketholders can receive a refund or use their tickets to attend the show next weekend.

“For me, it's almost as if the soul of the show is driving itself,” Wilson said. “We are insisting on coming together anyway.”

Katelynn McIlwain is KMUW's Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism intern. She will be a senior this fall at the University of Missouri.

Katelynn McIlwain is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in journalism (with a magazine writing emphasis) and minoring in digital storytelling. When she’s on campus, she works as an intern at the MU News Bureau and as a resident advisor for MU Residential Life. She is also a member of the Alpha Omega campus ministry.