A new theatre backed by George Clooney is giving hope to some, but the city where thousands were left homeless is still a building site

As the world’s most powerful leaders converged on the earthquake-ravaged central Italian city of L’Aquila for the G8 summit in July 2009, a more discreet gathering was about to steal the limelight. San Demetrio ne’ Vestini, a village about 13km away welcomed its own illustrious visitor when George Clooney flew in from his Lake Como home to inaugurate the construction of a new theatre to replace one destroyed in nearby Casentino earlier that year.

The Hollywood actor’s support helped to boost donations, and the restoration of the theatre has become one of the few sources of civic pride in an area that is still a long way from a full recovery.

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