Clark closed; work starts Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2016


Clark Theatre’s Andalusia location is officially closed for renovations, and demolition will begin on Monday.

In January, Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson announced that the O’Neal family, who had owned the theater building on the square for decades, had donated the building to the city. In turn, the city negotiated a long-term lease with Clarke Theatres in which the city agreed to completely remodel the facility.

The timing of the renovations was coordinated with Mack Clarke, owner of Clarke Theatres, and in consideration of requests by movie distribution companies, Johnson said.

City Planning Director Andy Wiggins said Friday that a construction dumpster has been placed on site, and Sasser Construction will begin demolition work on Monday. On Friday, Clarke employees removed the facility’s new digital projectors and other equipment.

Wiggins said work is expected to take up to 24 weeks.

Meanwhile, work is progressing on a companion project, the renovation of the Andala building to become Big Mike’s restaurant. Wiggins said the plumbing and electrical parts of the renovation are almost complete, and the progress will be more visible in the coming weeks.