Former Vista Theater Thrift Shop converting into new theater space

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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - Part of the Vista Theater is getting some much needed TLC.

The former Vista Theater Thrift Shop is now being converted into a space for rehearsals, meetings and a summer camp next week.

On Sunday, July 8, members of the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council and other volunteers helped clean out the space to start renovations. The thrift shop closed two years ago, and now the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council wants the space to be in the best condition for performers and guests.

"Well one, we want to make a very welcoming, clean and safe place for the kids for the workshops, but generally we also wanna keep a clean and welcoming space for all of our community members. We care a lot about being an asset to Negaunee, to Marquette County, and really being a welcoming place for everybody," explains Lex Exworthy, Board President of the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council.

The Vista Theater itself will be undergoing renovations as well. Beginning July 11, the Vista Theater will sell "Grand Roofle" tickets, to raise money to replace the theater's roof. There are only 1,000 tickets available at $50 a piece. There will be 10 prizes ranging from $250 to $15,000, all awarded on Oct. 20. Once the roof is replaced, interior repairs will take place.

The Vista Theater has been in Negaunee since 1926, and the PAAC has owned it since 1973. The theater puts on three to four major productions per year, but has smaller events one or two nights per week.

The youth drama camp runs from July 16 through 20, and registration closes on July 13. Kids will have one week to put together a fairy tale theme show, with the performance on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. The camp will include classes in acting, singing, dancing, props, costume and makeup. For more information on the camp and other events, click here.