Car crashes through Reeves Theater

Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer

January 19, 2013

The Reeves Theater in downtown Elkin resembled a drive-in when a vehicle pummeled into the historic theater’s exterior on Saturday morning.

“All that was missing was popcorn and butter,” said Jeffrey Wilson of Wilkes who was in town for the opening of a new antique store on Main Street.

The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m., according to Cicely McCulloch, co-chair for the Reeves Theater Restoration Project.

“The building’s structural engineer will come on Tuesday to access the damage,” said McCulloch, who also owns Diana’s Bookstore next door. “Plywood is covering the opening…Police said at the scene that the driver’s brakes had failed. A first responder said that black ice may have been responsible for the crash. Nobody really knows how it happened.”

The Tribune contacted the Elkin Police Department for details on the incident and left a message for Police Chief Monroe Wagoner.

The Tribune also contacted the Elkin Fire Department in an effort to determine if the public walkway on and near the Reeves Theater would be safe for pedestrians. Lieutenant David Wagoner of the department informed The Tribune that reporters would have to call back on Tuesday to speak to Elkin Fire Chief Tommy Wheeler.

Meanwhile, McColloch said she is grateful that nobody was seriously injured.

“I saw a scratch on the driver’s arm,” said McColloch. “The driver was not seriously hurt and didn’t need to be taken to the hospital. The accident could have been worse.”