PENDLETON — The first phase of the Rivoli Theater restoration could start as soon as this summer.

According to a Historic Rivoli Theater Performing Arts Center Restoration Coalition press release, the nonprofit has selected Kirby Nagelhout Construction to handle the Pendleton theater’s first phase of construction.

The first phase includes skilled demolition, excavation and basic structural work.

The coalition expects Phase 1 to cost $560,000 and has already secured a $100,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and $96,000 from the Pendleton Development Commission.

Other first-phase donors include Oregon Main Street, Umatilla County community and economic development fund, Pendleton Development Commission, the Aetna Foundation and the EO Media Group and anonymous donors. The EO Media Group is the parent company of the East Oregonian.

The coalition’s goal is to turn the old movie theater into a modern performing arts center. The project could be completed in 2021.

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