Halloween house to help Crim’s frightful state

ASHTON JOHNSON
Co-Executive Editor

Aiming to stir up some interest in the historic Crim Theater in downtown Kilgore, the Kilgore Main Street program will host “The Crim Theaterror,” a theater-inspired fright house set to draw crowds to downtown in October.

“This idea was presented to myself and the city manager by James Draper,” said Main Street Manager Clara Chaffin. “The idea was then taken to the Main Street Advisory Board retreat in July and they asked me to move forward with it.”

Chaffin’s volunteer committee is still developing the ideas inside the “Theaterror,’” mapping out a maze and the individual terrors revolving around the theatrical theme.

“I would love having Kilgore College students volunteer to help out,” Chaffin said. “Connecting downtown and Kilgore College is very important to the Main Street Program.”

The Main Street Program is looking for approximately 40 volunteers to be actors and ticket-takers each night.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and must commit to volunteering six nights total. Each volunteer is required to read, complete and sign the “volunteer sign-up and release/waiver” by Oct. 1.

‘The Crim Theaterror’ volunteer form can be submitted online at www.theaterror.com.

‘The Crim Theaterror’ will host its grand opening from 7 p.m.- midnight, Friday Oct. 12 and will operate every Friday and Saturday until Oct. 26.

Hours will shift as Halloween night approaches and the fright house will be open Monday-Wednesday the week of Oct. 29.

Tickets will be about $10 each.

“All proceeds will be going back into the Theater for maintenance and renovation efforts,” Chaffin said.

For almost five decades, the 6,000-square-foot Crim Theater has slowly started to crumble with its faded plaster, broken fixtures and collapsed stage.

“The Crim Theater has been used for storage since it received a new roof several years ago,” Chaffin said. “The theater has not had an event since the day it closed in the late 1950s.”

The Crim Theater is in dire need of renovations and city officials are hoping that the “Theaterror” will put money back into this historical Kilgore icon.

“I think this event will have a very positive impact on downtown Kilgore. It will bring a new crowd to downtown that maybe hasn’t been there before,” Chaffin said. “I think the restaurants will see the most impact from the crowd and hopefully the people will see how wonderful our downtown is and return.”

For more information, contact Chaffin at 903-988-4117 or by email at clara.chaffin@cityofkilgore.com.

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