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The Grand to Unveil 105 Year Old Historic Sign

Joe Nester - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Historic Sign to be Unveiled at The Grand on Main

 

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, @ 6:30 PM, at 1621 Main Street, the original “Grand Theatre” sign will be revealed to the public for the first time in 105 years. The reveal will be part of The Grand on Main first anniversary celebration.

The sign, lying in the dark and partially covered by dirt and debris, was discovered by workman during renovations of the circa 1866, Robinson Building. The sign was found underneath the floor and most likely had been placed there in 1914 when the Vaudeville style theatre closed its doors after being in operation between 1909 & 1914.

“It was an exciting find.” Stated Greg Middleton, Developer for the project. “The old sign became our inspiration for naming the new restaurant and boutique bowling venue, The Grand on Main. The sign provides a window into the past where entertainment and culture were a part of Columbia’s Main Street.” Said Middleton.

Carolina Conservation in Irmo was chosen for the sign restoration project with a goal of preserving as much of the original structure and character as possible. Ben Umberger, managing Partner, for Carolina conservation stated, “Conservation is all about stabilizing and preserving items with historical and cultural value for future generations. We had the privilege during the restoration of consulting with conservators from the H. L. Hunley submarine project in Charleston who helped with ideas for stabilization of the rusted components.”

New Years Eve Party at The Grand & TopGolf Swing Suite

Joe Nester - Friday, December 21, 2018

Are you looking for something to do in Columbia on New Year’s?

This Year, you can experience twice the fun for the price of one. The Grand on Main and TopGolf Swing Suite have a combined event and are allowing access to both venues for the price of a single admission. Private suites are also available for purchase along with wristbands for individuals and couples. The event features live DJ’s, hors-d’oeuvres, two free drink tickets per admission, and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

The Grand on main and TopGolf Swing Suite are located directly across from each other on the 1600 block of Main practically at the epicenter of one of Columbia’s biggest bashes, Famously Hot New Years.

Parking is super convenient with two garages less than a 1/4 block from each venue. The Cannon parking garage, has its entrance on Taylor between Main and Sumter and the Taylor Street Garage, also with a Taylor Street entrance is located between Main and Assembly.

If you like a little activity with your New Year’s celebration, The Grand and TopGolf Swing Suite have you covered. The Grand features seven lanes of boutique bowling with multiple game offerings. TopGolf Swing Suite features five bays, each featuring 80 of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, and additional games including Baseball, Hockey, Zombie Dodgeball, and traditional Carnival Games.

Don’t delay, get your tickets today at EventBrite.



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