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Teens to Thank for Reviving Majestic Theater

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A project to revive downtown Lexington and the community is due to the work of some local teens.

The Majestic Theater is getting a face-lift as part a project led by Lexington Middle and High School students.

Locals said a more modern playhouse would help people stay in town for the weekends and give the town something to get excited about.

"In a few years, I can be like, 'I tore this place apart and then rebuilt it back again,'" said Brian Gomez, a senior at Lexington High School.

Lexington's students are learning more than just the demolition side of construction.

"The architects are coming to our high school classes and showing the process and letting them look at the drawings and see how a real drawing for an actual building they are going to have here in town -- the process of how that will be put together," explained the middle school's assistant principal, Jason Sullivan.

"We learn from all the wiring, to what to take out, and what supports everything, so we don't take it out or knock it out on accident," explained Eduardo Huezo, a student involved.

Some of the old artifacts are staying, like the stamped tin ceiling, light sconces and the original seats for the lobby area.

Volunteers hope to complete the theater by 2015, the centennial anniversary, as well as being before the first students who started the project will graduate high school.

"This wouldn't be possible without being in a community that cares so much," said Sullivan. "Our community foundation has done such great things for us and Dawson Area Development has helped us a lot. It takes everybody to make this project go and it's fun to have the excitement and energy of the kids behind it."

Over 200 students have been a part of this effort, with many of them coming in on their weekends.

"These guys that are working with me every day are going to take some pride in it and they are going to want to bring their kids and say, 'I did this,'" said industrial arts construction teacher James Hoyt.

Students have already raised $500,000, but donations are still needed. They can be given to the Lexington Community Foundation.

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