A 50-thousand dollar grant was awarded by the state to Sault Ste. Marie to help restore the Soo Theatre.
Officials said the first priority will be the roof and exterior of the theatre. The theatre was built back in the 1930’s and the city plans to keep the vintage theme.
Justin Knepper is the downtown manager for Sault Ste. Marie. He said they will continue to fundraise until next fall.
“In 2017, once the snow melts we’ll be working on continuing to raise money to match the grant that we were awarded by the Michigan Council of the Arts for the roof project, that’ll be done by this upcoming fall. And while all that is going on we’ll be continuing funding sources for the full restoration.”
Knepper said the total cost to restore the theatre is estimated at seven million dollars. He said the city hopes to have major progress by the city’s 350th anniversary in 2018.