BRATTLEBORO -- Destroyed by an impatient driver last summer, a downtown landmark will soon overlook Main Street once more.
Latchis Arts announced on Friday that installation of the new, long-awaited marquee, fabricated by Wagner Electric Sign Co. of Elyria, Ohio, will begin Aug. 21.
The marquee was destroyed on July 11, 2011, when a truck driver stuck in downtown traffic drove on to the sidewalk in front of the Latchis Theatre entrance and struck the sign.
The release from Latchis Arts declared: "Note to everyone: Don't drive on the sidewalk."
"Online listings are fine," theater manager Darren Goldsmith stated in the release. "But we have really missed putting the movies up on the marquee. It's such a movie tradition and we'll be glad to have it back."
Managing Director Gail Nunziata describes the marquee design as "the best it can be."
"With preservation guidelines, we couldn't stray too far from the original," Nunziata stated. "But we love the plans and hope everyone in Brattleboro will love the finished product."
Local contractors GPI Construction and AL Tyler and Sons are also involved with the project.
Funding for the replacement marquee is provided in part by a HUD EDI grant, earmarked by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for the preservation of historic resources throughout Vermont.