The Alpine Theatre
Holt Rhodes built the Alpine Theatre in 1936 along Main Street in Ripley to provide the local community with entertainment. The theatre became a preservation project of Main Street Ripley in 2003 and is now used to promote the downtown business district. The Alpine Theatre also belongs to the West Virginina Historic Theatre Trail, which is a statewide thematic tour of historic theaters, encompassing both cinemas and live performance venues.
Backstory and Context
The building sat empty and decaying until Main Street Ripley purchased the theatre in 2003. Ripley was selected as a Main Street Community in July 1998 and now receives financial support to maintain Ripley's historic sites. The Alpine Theatre restoration and preservation is a predominant project for Main Street Ripley. Thanks to volunteers and grants by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the Main Street Ripley organization was able to bring the Alpine back to life. Today the Alpine Theatre is once again operational and supplies the Ripley area with local entertainment.