- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Another effort is being made to save the Will Rogers Theater in the central Illinois city of Charleston.

Dave Stevens is a member of the Will Rogers Project. He tells the (Charleston) Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (https://bit.ly/1kVHveW ) the theater should be auctioned at a sheriff’s sale in December.

Another of the group’s members, Earl Halbe, expects the price to be about $100,000.

Members hope the price will be lower if it goes to a buyer willing to restore it. A previous restoration attempt failed.

The organization is seeking to become a not-for-profit. It is using another nonprofit, the historic Five Mile House, to accept donations in the interim.

Halbe says the group hopes the theater’s future includes community activities as well as movies.

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Online: Five Mile House: https://www.fivemilehouse.org/

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