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PIX Theater reopens after downtown Lapeer fire

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(11/20/13) - There was a fiery scene in downtown Lapeer last week, and everyone feared the PIX theater was lost.

Crews saved the historic theater, and just one week later, they're open for business.

The fire started in a brick building and spread over to the theater, but the damage is minimal and they have held their first performance since the fire.

For the last week, the theater was closed and they had to cancel performances. They were able to reopen now, and Rich Eddie's Rockin Oldies Band was the first group to perform there since the fire.

"I'm so excited they could have the program this afternoon, it keeps their spirits up," said Lapeer resident Gaye Butterfield after the performance.

The PIX theater is holding two more performances on Friday, and then they'll close for three weeks.

There is quite a bit of water damage to one of the walls and the roof, but the theater is hoping to get things up and running by the new year.

"We have Santa coming so I'd hate to have to cancel on Santa," said Jill Lyons, executive director.

Lyons said they'll likely need a new ceiling, a new roof, new paint and seal and maybe a new wall.

In the next three weeks, the Lapeer Community Players were supposed to hold a Christmas show here. Instead, they'll perform at Lapeer East High School.

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