Theater still on schedule

There’s a roof on top of the new Zeus Digital Theater, and workers were in the theater on Friday installing drywall in Theater 1.

“It’s going to come down to the wire. But we’re on schedule for Oct., 1. I know some people have questions about that, but we’re on schedule for Oct. 1,” said developer and theater owner Brett Hayes, whose eight-screen digital and 3D movieplex will bring movies back to Waynesboro for the first time since the Wayne Theatre closed downtown in 1999.

Construction is slated to wrap on Sept. 1, giving crews a month to finish inside work on the lobby, screen, projectors and other indoors amenities.

Hayes expects to begin hiring in early September. The theater will open with a staff of 60 all told.

And yes, we’re close enough to begin thinking of tickets for Opening Night and the opening weekend.

“People have already started asking when they can prebuy their tickets,” said Hayes, who plans to make tickets for the opening night and the opening weekend on the Zeus website in late September.

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