N.C. Governor Roy Cooper visited Boone on Friday, Aug. 4 to tour the historic Appalachian Theatre, located on King Street in downtown Boone. A large crowd of supporters turned out to welcome him.
John Cooper, chair of the theatre’s board of trustees, led the tour along with officers of the Appalachian Theatre. The non-profit organization recently completed the first phase of its renovation, which included refurbishing the historic façade and installing an exact replica of the original marquee, both of which have been restored to their 1938 glory.
Outside under the marquee, the Governor made remarks about the importance of vibrant downtowns and their importance to the state’s economy. He explained why innovative public-private partnerships such as the Appalachian Theatre enhance communities, build local businesses, and create dynamic tourism destinations.
In a surprise presentation, Gov. Cooper inducted both John and Faye Cooper into the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.