Roanoke Rapids will now be the home of a 24-hour internet sweepstakes and entertainment venue, as The Royal Palace Theatre opens its doors to the public for the first time at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Less than a month after the city leased the 1,500 seat Roanoke Rapids theater to Arkansas-based HSV Entertainment, a full line-up of entertainment has been announced and crews have worked around the clock to open this Vegas-style attraction on Interstate 95.

“This facility was built with the intent to bring tourism and tax revenue into this area,” Roanoke Rapids Mayor Emery Doughtie said. “This is a life-changing piece of real estate for our city, and we are excited to see a group of entrepreneurs treat it like the catalyst for economic development that we know it can be.”

Patrick Vota, an Arkansas based CPA and partner in HSV Entertainment, says the firm chose Roanoke Rapids after an extensive state-to-state search for such a venue that would welcome tourists and locals with an integrated formula of sweepstakes technology and live entertainment.

“We could not have asked for a better scenario for this business model,” Vota said. “We believe that not only will travelers stop and have some fun at the Palace, but they will eat and stay in this area as well. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

The first show at the theater is Oct. 11 with country singer Chris Young, followed by Lorrie Morgan on Oct. 12. Clarence Carter and Percy Sledge are slated for Oct. 27.

Tickets to all events go on sale when the theater opens on Wednesday\ and may be purchased in person, by phone at 252-536-5577 or online at http://www.royalpalacetheatre.com/.

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