The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette will reopen Thursday with a brief ceremony, nearly four months after a man shot and killed two women there and injured nine others before taking his own life.
A reception for law enforcement and other emergency personnel is scheduled 5 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant near the theater, said City-Parish Government spokeswoman Cydra Wingerter.
A ceremony to recognize victims and first responders is scheduled 6:20 p.m. in front of the theater.
The first movie is set for 7 p.m. — “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.”
Southern Theatres LLC, which owns the Grand 16 and several theaters across the South, has commented little about the opening or the extensive work seen going on at the theater in recent weeks.
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, who toured the renovated facility, said earlier this month the theater has been updated with new upholstery and fixtures, a new concessions stand and more-comfortable seating.
“Everything has changed,” he said.
Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, and 21-year-old Mayci Breaux, of Franklin, died in the shooting and nine others were wounded when an Alabama gunman opened fire about 20 minutes into a showing of the comedy “Trainwreck.”
The gunman, John “Rusty” Houser, shot and killed himself as police entered the auditorium within minutes of the first shots.