Danville's historic auditorium one step closer to possibly being renovated

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DANVILLE (WSLS10) - Danville's historic auditorium and the building it's in are one step closer to possibly being renovated.

The city's parks and recreation department has presented its tentative $12 million renovation plan to city council.

The building was built in 1932 and has had few upgrades since the department moved in in 1972.

There is no central air in the building, which Parks and Rec Director Bill Sgrinia said makes the auditorium virtually unusable.

Seating is also an issue, as it is too cramped and not handicap accessible.

The lighting and sound system need to be updated and the stage is too small for most modern-day productions.

"[The building] much can be considered an anchor tenant to the downtown area and it's a building that really deserves to be preserved, upgraded, and can carry downtown for many more years into the future," Sgrinia pointed out.

City council will spend the next year reviewing the plan and deciding if and when to start the project.

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