BILOXI, Miss. — The Mississippi city of Biloxi is closing down an 88-year-old theater for repairs.

WLOX-TV reports city leaders had to find funding in the general fund for the estimated $700,000 cost. The city was told it could not pay for the repairs with federal Community Development Block Grants, as the project didn’t meet federal requirements.

Biloxi Spokeswoman Cecilia Dobbs-Walton says the outside of Saenger Theater will be examined first, followed by the exterior walls, roof and AC vents on top of the building. A request for proposal will be sent out once a design plan for exterior work is created, then once that’s complete the process will repeat for the interior work.

Saenger Theater’s repair is part of the city’s revitalization efforts. Biloxi hopes to reopen the theater later this year.

Information from: WLOX-TV,

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