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North Bend's Liberty Theatre kicks off new phase of restoration project

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Liberty Theatre to kick off phase two of its restoration project, July 21, 2016. (SBG photo / Jessica Waite)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Thursday at the Liberty Theatre to kick off phase two of its restoration project.

The theater has raised half a million dollars this year for the project.

Phase two will focus on creating comfortable seating in the theater and better accessibility to restrooms.

As of now the only restrooms in the 92-year-old building are located upstairs and a portable bathroom outside for guests with limited accessibility.

The new restrooms will be located on the first floor.

It's the latest phase in the restoration of the historic theater.

"We just want to continue to honor that legacy and build on it,” restoration committee member Aymee Peddler says, “so in 92 years you're talking to another group of people here who are really excited about the building and the legacy that the theater has built."

Restoration committee members hope to begin construction in August and say fundraising is not over.

Those interested in getting involved can find more information at the Liberty Theatre website.

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