Pitt couple reopen ex-Parton theater

Roanoke Rapids Theater

A couple from Chocowinity have purchased the former Randy Parton Theater in Roanoke Rapids and renamed it the Balcony Bistro and Bar. It formally reopened Saturday night with a performance by The Charlie Daniels Band.


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, November 11, 2018

ROANOKE RAPIDS — A Greenville-area couple who purchased the former Randy Parton Theater hosted a grand-reopening Saturday night with a Veterans Day salute featuring country rock favorites The Charlie Daniels Band.

Tom and Evon McLean of Chocowinity purchased the Roanoke Rapids Theater in July from the city of Roanoke Rapids. The multi-million entertainment complex was publicly developed at the midway point on the I-95 corridor, but it failed to draw crowds and meet expectations.

The McLeans paid $3 million for the facility and have been developing a regular lineup of shows and other features at the facility. The Balcony Bistro and Bar formally opened Saturday and the I-95 Drive-In theater is opening thanksgiving weekend.

“The entertainment staff has strived to book a broad and diverse range of talent to showcase this marvelous entertainment destination,” The Balcony Bistro and Bar spokesman Jack Glasure said. “They want to offer something for everyone with amazing performances and festivals encompassing country, rock, blues, beach, jazz and R&B, as well as a variety of performing art shows such as plays, cirque, magic, comedy, murder mystery dinners and more.”

The 1,500-seat auditorium is a premier performance venue with box seats as well as mezzanine and floor seats with drinking and dining available. The complex offers food, drinks and entertainment even when no shows are scheduled on the main stage

The facility had a soft opening in September and has hosted a variety of artists since, including Greenville’s Kasey Tyndall. The McLeans and company held a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by a reception. 

The facility is located at 500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway in Roanoke Rapids.