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Pittsburg theater to hold first event in 30 years

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- An historic Pittsburg theater will hold its first public event in nearly 30 years in April.

The 90-year-old Colonial Fox Theatre will be the site of a live antique auction on April 27.

People who are working to restore the theater say they hope the auction is the first of a wide range of events at the theater.

The Joplin Globe reports ( http://bit.ly/14CZf24 ) the theater was one of several buildings that anchored Pittsburg's downtown entertainment and nightlife district in the past.

But it closed to the public in 1985 and fell into disrepair.

A group of volunteers began working to restore the theater in 2006, and by 2008 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.