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Posted: 3:47 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Eyewitness News got a look inside the historic Carolina Theater that will finally be rebuilt in uptown Charlotte.
Eyewitness News had the opportunity to go along with the Foundation for the Carolinas as the group made its first official walk-through of the building.
The theater, which was built in 1926, shut down in the 1970s.
Since then, it's been slowly falling apart. Eyewitness News saw plaster falling off the walls, but still some traces of the theater's former grandeur.
But restoring the Carolina Theater won't be cheap. The city of Charlotte agreed to sell the property to the Foundation for the Carolinas for $1 so the group could rebuild it.
The nonprofit expects the cost to be between $10 million and $20 million.
But when it's done, the community will get a look at history. The group said you'll feel like you're walking into a theater from the golden age. Even the historic facade will go back on the building.
The Foundation for the Carolinas said it will run the theater as a nonprofit civic auditorium, and it will be available to rent out by other groups or individuals.
It will take between three and five years to complete.
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