These Shawnee natives are teaming up to reopen historic Aztec Theater for first time in 46 years

“We are ecstatic about opening. It is really a culmination of a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of effort," said Jeff Calkins. Above, from left, are Bruce Young, Chris Calkins and Jeff Calkins, business partners and owners of the theater.

After 46 years of lying dormant in downtown Shawnee, Aztec Theater is finally reopening its doors.

Located at 11119 Johnson Drive, the historic theater closed in 1974. Since then, several efforts to restore and renovate it have been in the works. With the help of three Shawnee natives who took over the project — brothers Jeff Calkins and Chris Calkins, and Bruce Young — the theater reopens this month.