Old Center Theater has possible buyer

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A former Mount Olive resident wants to buy the old Center Theater.

Town Manager Jammie Royall said he received a phone call inquiring about the 40-year-old structure slated for possible demolition.

“I told him what the situation was with it being considered for condemnation and that we were waiting on the engineer’s inspection and findings,” said Royall, who did not name the potential buyer.

A structural engineer from Greenville inspected the theater and Kraft Studios building a few days ago. The town’s board of commissioners heard his report at Tuesday’s meeting.

Royall said the engineer’s concerns match the commissioners’ initial perceptions.

The two buildings are considered public safety hazards.

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