By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
ATHENS — The Henderson County Performing Arts Center (HCPAC) will turn 50 in 2014. Supporters want to make sure the anniversary year isn’t also the theater’s final year.
Tough times economically and dwindling crowds have the theater in a difficult place financially.
“We’ve gone through a couple of really lean years because of the economy, but we’ve always been able to bounce back,” said HCPAC Director Dennis Gilmore. “But we’re like any other small business in the economy today, and that is you just keep holding on hoping it is going to turn around and to date it hasn’t turned around.”
The struggles aren’t because of a lack of effort. Two years ago, the HCPAC started its Legacy Program.