HomeNews Nudgers renovate old Perry Grand Opera House By Jim Caufield - April 25, 2015 0 3473 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp With free Perry Grand Theater passes, free treats for the kids and spirits for the adults so inclined, the Nudgers open house and celebration of the Grand Opera House restoration project drew an estimated 250 to the downtown location last week. 1 of 11 The Grand Opera House at 1314 Second St., Perry, around 1908. Portions of the building were collapsing when the Nudgers intervened to preserve the downtown Perry landmark through the use of historical restoration tax credits. Zion Recovery Services Inc. aims to move Feb. 1 into the Nudgers commercial building at 1314 Second St. With free Perry Grand Theater passes, free treats for the kids and spirits for the adults so inclined, the Nudgers open house and celebration of the Grand Opera House restoration project drew an estimated 250 to the downtown location last week. Reminiscing over bygone days at the Nudgers open house were. from left, Linda Schumacher, Jerry Lage, Nancy Collins and Wilma Collins. Nudger Cheri Scheib had her work duds on at the construction-themed open house of the Nudgers last week. Longtime Nudgers Sandy Grubbs, left, and Viivi Shirley wore their pride on their sleeves at the Nudgers gala open house last week. Perry Mayor Jay Pattee said the Nudgers are doing a sweet job of restoring Perrys downtown landmark buildings. Nudgers, from left, Sandy Grubbs, Viivi Shirley, Cindy Sohn and Kent Scheib showcased their work in progress, the historical restoration of the Grand Opera House at 1314 Second St. in downtown Perry. Kirk and Lori VanKirk, left, and Jay and Jan Pattee enjoyed the under-construction theme at last weeks Nudgers open house. Alan and Kathy Lenz are in the rear. Nudgers Dan Haymond, left, and Joe Warnock led tours of the upstairs apartments under renovation in the Grand Opera House. The former offices of the Perry Chief, a newspaper founded in 1874, was owned and operated by the Whitehead family of Perry from 1928 to 2013. The Whiteheads sold to business to an Arkansas company that in turn sold it in 2015 to New York-based New Media Investment Group. The building now houses an antique market.