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Iowa group fundraises to restore 108-year-old theater

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- A community theater group in northeast Iowa is making progress toward its fundraising goal of $1.5 million to renovate a 108-year-old mainstay in the historic downtown area.
   The Cedar Falls Community Theatre has raised nearly $650,000 for improvements at the Oster Regent Theatre. The Cedar Falls venue attracts about 35,000 patrons each year.
   General Manager John Luzaich says the renovations will improve the roof, stage, curtains, orchestra pit, sound system, Main Street entryway, box seats and marquee. He says they also want to create a musical endowment to continue to produce musicals, which are costly due to royalties and licensing rights.
   The group has raised money through personal contacts and a letter campaign. Luzaich says they'll be sharing information and making announcements during shows to find more supporters.

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