Old theatre brings new life to downtown Shelby

Old theatre brings new life to downtown Shelby

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC CHARLOTTE

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 7:41 PM

SHELBY, N.C. -- Things don’t change much in Shelby.  The Shelby Cafe has been a staple downtown since 1922, and around the corner is another popular old timer--the Don Gibson Theatre.

"We started as a movie house in the 1930's," said Stan Lowery, who runs the theatre.

It was redone as a concert hall in 2009 and named for the famed country music songwriter who grew up in Shelby.

"He changed the way country music sounded," Lowery said.

The Gibson name helps bring some big names to small town Shelby.
 
John Oates is one half of the popular 80's duo Hall and Oates.  We caught up with him on the Gibson Theatre stage as he warmed up on Friday.

He admitted he hadn’t heard of Shelby.

“No, but one thing I have heard of is Don Gibson," Oates said.  "I like playing venues exactly like this."

That's music to the theatre director’s ears.  They hope old Don Gibson will help keep Shelby humming along.

"We're just like every other town.  Everybody has a story of their own," Lowery added.

There are still a few tickets left for Friday night's performance.  On Sunday Vince Gill will perform with his band.  That same night they're up for two Grammy awards.

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