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Fundraising Boost For Much-Needed Renovations To Historic Central Coast Theater

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Theaterfest Solvang
Renovation work is already underway at the Solvang Festival Theater.

A 50-year-old outdoor theater in Solvang on the Central Coast is a big step closer to getting the money for much-needed upgrades.

Efforts to modernize the Solvang Festival Theater are nearing their fundraising goal.

The historic amphitheater in Solvang received a $400,000 grant from the Hind Foundation, taking them closer to the $4.7 million needed to add new state of the art lighting, as well as sound walls.

Scott Coe, who runs non-profit Solvang TheaterFest – says the rebuilding project will benefit generations to come.

"We are just about $500,000 from our goal, which is very exciting," Coe told KCLU. "This theater, when we say it's an iconic part of the community - it really is."

"Not only do we have the performances, but we also have this facility that groups can use for fundraising so it pumps an extraordinary amount of money into the community," Coe said.

The planned improvements include replacing the 47-year-old utility poles with new steel lighting columns, and completely rebuilding the rear wall and walkway of the theater, thereby increasing the wall height to 14 feet.

This will improve the audience and actor experience by reducing wind and noise.

The project is slated for completion by July of 2022.

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