A former theater in Duluth's Spirit Valley neighborhood will soon be seeing new life.
The building that housed the former West Theater has been purchased with the intent to be restored.
Work is already underway replacing some of the theater's utilities.
Once that work is completed the restoration process will begin.
The theater last operated as a first run theater in the early 70s.
The plan is to keep the theater a first run theater, but with space for small plays and art films, and to restore the building to its original art-deco style.
In addition to preserving local history, the new owner says the space will serve a purpose in the community.
"It occurred to me that there were no theaters from downtown all the way to Cloquet, no concert halls from downtown all the way to Cloquet, no theatrical stages from downtown to Cloquet. I said well what West Duluth needs is a theater," said owner Bob Boone.
The renovations are expected to take several months to complete.
As of now the owner is shooting to open the theater to the public sometime in late spring or summer.