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Mt. Lebanon Denis Theatre group gets time

| Thursday, July 1, 2010

A group working to renovate and reopen the historic Denis Theatre in Mt. Lebanon has received a two-month extension on its option to buy the property.

The theater's owner, Mt. Lebanon Commissioner D. Raja, gave the Denis Theatre Foundation until Aug. 31, which coincides with a deadline to match a $155,000 grant from an anonymous donor. Denis supporters have raised $72,000 of the amount, said Anne Kemerer, executive director of the foundation

It must raise another $1.8 million for the first phase of the renovations -- opening one screen, updating or replacing basic systems and installing an elevator. The second phase includes opening two more screens, restoring the stage and adding meeting rooms.

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