Where are they on that project: old movie theater becoming church

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) The old Malco theater building in Owensboro will fill up again soon.

It’s been empty for four months, after the theater moved to a new location. But the building won’t be filling up with people waiting to see the latest hit movie. It’s becoming the new home for Legacy Owensboro church.

It’s been a place where people saw the latest blockbuster movie, or award winning film.

“It’s been a date night place for my husband and I for the last 20 years, every Sunday,” says Melissa Phillips of Legacy Owensboro.

“Often times, we enjoy going to the movies, and we’ve been coming here for years,” adds Pastor Jeff Phillips.

For them, and their congregation, these auditoriums will fill up again for a different type of gathering.

“Who knew every Sunday we would be here, having church?” Melissa says.

“Whenever Legacy church purchased this, it was sort of surreal in some ways because we own the place we used to come almost every week to go to the movies,” adds Jeff.

Legacy Owensboro bought the old movie theater on Frederica Street. Members are renovating it to be their new house of worship. 90% of the demolition work inside the building is done. Contractors are redoing the lobby, and transforming movie auditoriums for a new sanctuary, classrooms and a gaming room.

“We have had activities for all ages, but this really opens an opportunity for us to really be, if I want to say, I don’t want to say over the top, but we’re going to really be able to give our students something to do,” says Jeff.

The church currently leases a building near Kentucky Wesleyan College. Jeff and Melissa say the move lets them own their own building and it puts them in a more recognizable place.

“It’s our own property,” he says. “We’ve been leasing for 9 years, and what this has done is give us the opportunity to have our own property.”

Permits are still needed to do some renovations, but the first services could take place inside the building as early as October 20th.

“We’re just doing the renovations to make sure we get the walls up, everything’s painted and everything’s set so that we can get in. Once we get in, then we’ll start adding on to it,” says Melissa.

“We are not waiting,” adds Jeff.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)

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