- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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


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

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/