LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Nearly four months after two women were shot to death and nine others wounded, the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana will reopen next week.
The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1GTxn0d ) reports that City-Parish President Joey Durel Monday toured the theater and purchased the first ticket for the Nov. 19 opening.
The theater has been closed since Alabama gunman John Houser opened fire July 23 about 20 minutes into a showing of the film "Trainwreck." Houser fatally shot himself as authorities entered the auditorium.
Durel said the theater is completely renovated, with a new concessions stand and "more comfortable, wider seating." His ticket is for the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2."
Durel says he expects a ceremony will be held to honor the victims, theater employees and first responders.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com