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PONTIAC, MI-While neither the Strand Theatre Center Inc. nor the Pontiac Growth Group are ready to commit to a firm date, they say the $10 million Strand Theatre on Saginaw Street in downtown Pontiac should be open this fall. The 1921 theatre and the buildings adjacent to it are being renovated into a 38,000-sf arts and entertainment complex that will eventually serve as the venue for plays, musicals, films, cabaret acts and concerts.

The project is seen by many as a key step toward revitalizing Pontiac’s downtown area, which has been blighted for a good many years. Leaders of the effort to revitalize the old theater say past delays from unexpected problems make them hesitant to target an exact date for the opening.

A campaign to allow people to “buy a seat” in the new theater has now been launchd and is expected to generate about $1.1 million to help further the project. The new complex will be managed by the nonprofit Strand Theatre Center Inc. The Pontiac Growth Group owns the buildings. Detroit-based White Construction is construction manager.

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