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Historic Grand Theatre re-opens its doors

STAMFORD, Texas (KTAB) - A Big Country theatre rich with history has re-opened it's doors. The Grand Theatre in Stamford originally opened in 1936. Now after a seven year hiatus it's open for the next generation.

It holds a special place in the hearts of many in Stamford.

"Well interestingly my parents met here in 1955," Grand Theatre Executive Director Suzanne Haterius-Fusaro said.

Haterius-Fusaro is a Stamford native and for her, The Grand was like a second home.

"Oh my goodness it was one of the things you could do in Stamford," Haterius-Fusaro said.

Eventually Suzanne grew up and moved away, and The Grand, it closed in 2011.  Two years ago work began to re-open this historic place.

"One of my friends called me from here and said 'you know we're going to be hiring somebody to run the grand theater," Haterius-Fusaro said.

Now, as executive director, Suzanne's life has come full circle.

"It's such a blessing to me," Haterius-Fusaro said.

She loves seeing the theatre come back to life and working in a place that brings back so many memories.

"I get emotional just talking to you about it because it was the realization of a dream," Haterius-Fusaro said.

Now Suzanne is hoping to give others a chance to make their own memories.

"You see friends welcoming friends, people are hugging in the lobby, 'oh I haven't seen you in so long' and it's such a great place for people to gather and have fun and it's so much as I said saying stamford is alive we're on the map we're here and we have a whole new generation who are going to grow up in this theater," Haterius-Fusaro said.

The Grand is currently showing Mary Poppins Returns and seats about 300.

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