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New businesses are springing up after the opening of the renovated Ellis Theater


Marty Stuart opened the new Ellis Theater in Philadelphia with a sold-out show in December.  Other shows are scheduled on the site.

Dr. Daniel Barnard said the intention was to make a splash with the opening of the Ellis Theater in Philadelphia.

Mission accomplished.

The first phase of the $40 million project, which will eventually house Marty Stuart’s huge collection of country music artifacts, opened in December with a four-night grand reopening weekend.

“Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and Bill Gather in four days were quite the scene,” said Barnard, executive director of the Country Music Congress. “There were a lot of people in town who came all week. I think we created the splash we intended.

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