Theater Restoration Inches Along

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A landmark theater in Northern California is a step closer to being renovated after inspections of its structural reinforcement were completed.
Pittsburg City Manager Marc Grisham says a renovation project for the historic California Theater will be put to bid later this month. The bidding process comes after city leaders last fall agreed to put $4.5 million toward renovation of the theater.

City leaders and residents have sought to transform the long-vacant theater into a community performing arts center.

The theater opened in 1920 and closed in 1954. Pittsburg bought the property in 1970, but the building has been in disrepair since 1991.

It's hoped the project, which includes a seismic retrofit and restoration work, will be finished by 2011.

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