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BATON ROUGE - A new effort to restore the Lincoln Theater in Baton Rouge kicks off with a fundraising reception tonight.

The Lincoln Theater Foundation will have plans for display showing the two phases of restoration. The first phase would remove lead paint and pipes, asbestos and mold from the building. The second phase would restore the theater, which was built in 1950.

"This would bring the Lincoln Theater back to how it originally looked and make it operable," said Brenda Perry Dunn, founder of both the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame and Lincoln Theater Foundation Board.

The board hopes to raise $500,000 from community and corporate sponsors for the first two phases of renovation. The rest of the costs would be covered by grants, state tax credits, and capital outlay funds.

Dunn said grants have already been obtained to begin the first phase of restoration, estimated to cost around $190,000. The second phase would cost an estimated $1 million.

The fundraising reception is tonight at the American legion Post #505 on Eddie Robinson at 6 p.m.

IMAGE: Colleen Kane


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