LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Liberty University has pledged a $500,000 matching gift to pay for restoring a historic theater in Lynchburg.
The Academy of Music Theatre is conducting a campaign to raise $16.6 million for the project.
Theater executive director David Jenkins says in a news release that the matching gift sends a message to community leaders that the restoration is important to Lynchburg and the region.
The theater opened in 1905 but a fire destroyed it in 1911. The theater was rebuilt in 1912.
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