As expected, the theatre is a disaster

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Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins pried open the rear door of the old Centre Theatre last week.

He, along with Town Manager Jammie Royall, Wayne County Building Inspector Jason Hill and Mount Olive Building Inspector Justin Hill all took a look inside.

They agreed the deteriorating structure was too dangerous to inspect.

“There is nothing there but four walls,” Royall said.

Town attorney W. Carroll Turner filed a search warrant after owners of the vacant, two-story building refused town officials entry.

Turner received the warrant two weeks ago, but the original proprietors — T&C Strategic Properties, LLC — sold the 40-year-old structure to Manicero, LLC, owned by Nicholas Swinson. Turner had to refile paperwork to get another warrant.

Mount Olive attorney John Edwards is representing Swinson.

During their monthly July meeting, the town’s commissioners granted the owners an additional 60 days to submit a plan to bring the building up to code before it would be declared a public nuisance and demolished.

The new owners are requested to attend the Sept. 13 meeting at town hall and announce their intentions.

The change in ownership could delay a decision on the property’s fate.

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