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Cost Doubles For Traverse City Theater Project

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – The renovation of a former museum building into a second movie house for the Traverse City Film Festival may cost twice as much as originally expected.

Festival officials kicked off a fundraising campaign in June. They said renovating the 78-year-old structure and outfitting it with seats, concessions and movie equipment would cost about $750,000.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Thursday that festival officials now say the price tag could reach $1.5 million.

Festival director Deb Lake says unexpected needs have arisen, such as replacing the roof and removing asbestos.

Lake says crews will make the July 29 deadline for having the building ready for this year’s festival, which starts the next day. But she says extra features will have to wait for more money to be raised.

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