DANVILLE -- The Village Theatre celebrated its 100th birthday in high style on Saturday, with a gala that celebrated its past and its future.

The Front Street theater, which is now used for local theater productions and houses an art gallery, has an interesting past. The original building was built in 1874 as the Grange Hall. In 1913, when more space was needed, a new bottom floor was added and the Grange Hall building became the second floor, in a project that was done by the Grange and the Oddfellows.

Over the years, the building has served as a meeting hall. skating rink, movie theater, autopsy room, dance hall, Santa's workshop, church, basketball court, radio broadcast center and more.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff