After almost four months of cleanup and renovation following a mass shooting that left two women dead and another nine people wounded, the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette will reopen Nov. 19.
Additional details on the opening night were not given. However, City-Parish President Joey Durel said he expects some sort of ceremony to honor the victims, first responders and theater employees. Durel called the reopening a “gift to Lafayette.”
“There’s been a lot more questions than answers, and I think [the reopening] is going to answer a lot of those questions to give the public a sense of relief,” Durel said.
He said the theater is completely renovated, with all new upholstery and fixtures, a new concession stand and “more comfortable, wider seating.”
“Everything has changed,” Durel said.
The theater’s website has posted showtimes for Thursday night. Jennifer Lawrence’s action film “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” will open alongside the Seth Rogen comedy “The Night Before” and crime drama “Secret in Their Eyes.” Also showing are the new James Bond film “Spectre,” and “The Peanuts Movie.”
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.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said in late October investigators are almost done with a report on the shooting, including a timeline of events and in-depth investigation into Houser, who had been living in Lafayette for a month before the shooting.