As a little girl, Emily West often rode past the Historic State Theater with her family. From the back seat of the car, she told her parents she wanted the former theater to reopen so she could work there someday.
That wish is now a reality. In 2011, West became executive director of the State Theater, a movie house that closed the year she was born, 1982, and reopened in 2009.
A Hardin County native, West takes pride in the theater and experiences from her youth shaped her business style.