Despite a last-minute effort to save the theater building at Brook Run Park, the city moved forward and demolition of the building is now nearly completed.

A lone earthmover was seen tearing down the structure on Oct. 28.

Supporters of saving the theater at Brook Run Park made a dramatic last-gasp appeal to the Dunwoody City Council at its Oct. 24 meeting to save the building from being bulldozed.

More than 20 supporters of saving the theater and having it renovated into a performing arts and community center filed up the center aisle of the city council chambers and dropped checks into a manila envelope held by Danny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy.

Ross said in an email after the meeting that more than $114,000 was raised by 24 people ranging in age from 3 to 85.

It wasn’t enough, however.

Teardown of the building, which served as the theater for the Georgia Retardation Center, was witnessed Oct. 27 during the season closing of the city’s popular Food Truck Thursday event at Brook Run Park.

The council voted in July to bulldoze the theater and last month approved spending up to $227,000 to demolish the building. Historical stained glass windows from the theater building’s chapel were removed in the past two weeks and are being stored for potential future use.

Photos by Phil Mosier.

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