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Historic theater on Big Island faces demolition by neglect

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Residents on the southern part of the Big Island are trying to save an old theater that used to host life performances before it was left to sit vacant for more than a decade.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports the Naalehu Theater was constructed in 1925 by the Hutchinson Sugar Company. The property is now owned by the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation's 300 Corporation.

The theater is in need of a new roof and other repairs, which have been estimated to cost about $150,000.

Community attempts to save the plantation-era building and get funding for it have failed.

Residents are now calling on Hawaii County lawmakers to remove the theater from corporation ownership or force the owners to restore the building.

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