Old Town Theater Hit with Hooters Hoax
Building owner Rob Kaufman confirms signs posted on the theater on Saturday morning were not true.
King Street pedestrians were met with a bit of a shock Saturday morning when they passed the vacant Old Town Theater.
Signage was posted on the building stating that Hooters—the Atlanta-based restaurant chain known for its fried chicken wings and scantily-clad female wait staff—was coming soon to the property located at 815½ King St.
The signage turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.
Theater owner Rob Kaufman confirmed to Patch early Saturday afternoon that bringing Hooters girls to King Street is not in his plans.
“Someone must have played a joke,” Kaufman wrote in an email, adding that the phony signs were being taken down.
In April, Alexandria’s Board of Architectural Review approved Kaufman’s plans to revitalize the building. Kaufman said then that the building likely will again house a theater, but it’s not a done deal.
Former owner Roger Fons closed the theater in January, citing a year of poor ticket sales, and sold the property to Kaufman.