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Kentucky Center for the Arts to reopen in September

Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 at 5:26 PM EDT
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The damage to the Kentucky Center is visible from the street, and inside isn't any better....
The damage to the Kentucky Center is visible from the street, and inside isn't any better. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The shows for this weekend were relocated. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The shows for this weekend were relocated. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a summer of repairs and renovations following a fire, the Kentucky Center for the Arts is expected to reopen in September.

The entertainment venue made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Media outlets were given a tour of the building in it's current state, as well as an update on clean-up and repairs, immediately after.

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A string of re-locations and cancellations for the Kentucky Center were announced after a three-alarm fire caused significant damage to the building in June.

This summer's fire was sparked by construction on the roof and took several hours to control, but no one was hurt. Access to the building remains limited to contractors and Kentucky Center employees, who returned to work in early July.

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An update provided by the Kentucky Center and the Finance and Administration Cabinet in mid-July detailed the work being done around the building to return it to complete working order. Electrical and mechanical systems are back in operation and elevators have been certified indicating none sustained smoke and water damage.

Kentucky Center officials said Thursday while a lot of work will be completed by September, some things may still look a little different.

"The lobby's not going to be pretty but all the theaters and everywhere else the patrons go will be just like they were before," Andy Casebier said.

Crews have been working two 10-hour shifts per day to meet the deadline.

Those with questions have been encouraged to contact the Kentucky Center at 502-584-7777.

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