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Big Island historic theater fundraises for air conditioning

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Operators of a nonprofit Big Island theater are asking the community to support a fundraising campaign that would bring air conditioning back to the 90-year-old structure.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the Palace Theater was one of the first buildings in Hilo to have air conditioning; a system was installed in the music venue and movie theater after World War II. But that system died in the 1970s and has never been replaced.

The We're Chillin' campaign launched Sept. 1 and has raised $50,000, with another $60,000 pledged.

Palace Theater board members are working to secure grants and raise the remaining $60,000 in community support that would still be needed. The group hopes to fund solar panels by early 2016 and install the AC system by next summer's heat.

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