- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A historic theater in midtown St. Louis has reopened as a venue for a city performing arts school.

The Sun Theater in Grand Center opened in 1913 as a playhouse for the sizable German-speaking population in St. Louis. It was known then as both the Victoria Theatre and the German Theatre.

KWMU-FM (bit.ly/1jvdpvS ) reports that the 600-seat theater is now being leased by the adjacent Grand Center Arts Academy. The theater has been dormant for the past 40 years.

Renovations by the Lawrence Group totaled nearly $12 million. Arts Academy Executive Director Lynne Glickert says the building was almost demolished after it fell into disrepair.

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Information from: KWMU-FM, http://www.kwmu.org

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