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Roof damage threatens historic Upper Peninsula theater

Associated Press

Negaunee – An Upper Peninsula theater that has been around for nearly 100 years is scrambling to raise money to remove debris after the roof collapsed.

The roof at the Vista Theater in Negaunee failed on Aug. 26 due to intense rain and drainage issues.

Heavy rain and drainage problems cause the roof of the Vista Theater in Negaunee to cave in last month.

“There is hope! The experts have determined that the building is stable. If we work quickly we can save this historic gem that is close to so many people’s hearts,” theater supporters said on Facebook.

The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, which operates the theater, is trying to initially raise at least $100,000 on a GoFundMe page. The council said it needs roughly $32,000 to remove debris as soon as possible.

A new roof could cost $150,000 or more.