Future of historic Augusta theater to be discussed

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AUGUSTA (AP) — Augusta business and cultural leaders are looking for input on the future of the dilapidated Colonial Theater.

The Augusta Downtown Alliance and the nonprofit that owns the facility are holding a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the century-old theater on Water Street that has fallen into disrepair since it closed in 1969.

The theater that opened in 1913 has hosted live entertainment on its stage and served as a cinema. But it closed in 1969 and is now in such bad shape that some people have called it a dangerous eyesore that should be torn down.

Advocates told the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/1elJqy1 ) it could be converted into a valuable cultural center that could draw people downtown.

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Renovation costs have been estimated as high as $4.8 million.

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