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Year In Review: Fire Destroys Orleans Historic Theater
Updated December 25, 2013 6:28 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(ORLEANS) -The historic Orleans movie theater was destroyed in April 2013 by fire.

When Orleans Volunteer firefighters arrived the building was engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Red Cundiff called in French Lick and West Baden, who have aerial tankers, Paoli, Mitchell, Marion and Orange County Rural Districts I and II VFDs. TOPES from Lawrence County also responded.

The owner Ray Thompson watched as the building burned. Thompson and his wife, Tami, bought the building in 2004 from Bob Limeberry with the hopes of rejuvenating the structure, bringing arts and entertainment to Orange County.

Orleans Clerk-Treasurer Robert Henderson watched as the firefighters battled the blaze at the theater that anchored the square for 120 years. Henderson says the building was constructed in the 1890s and served as a dry goods store. It was converted into a theater in the 1930s.

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