A look inside the Avalon Theatre

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Avalon Theatre is waiting an extra three months to open its doors to the public, but project coordinators said there is plenty to look forward to when it finally does.

"It's going to bring people from out of the community," said Robin Brown, development director of the Avalon Theatre Foundation. "It's going to bring people to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores. It's definitely an economic draw."

Crews are working on the final major project right now for the original theatre, installing 1,100 new chairs. That renovation phase is set to be complete mid-June.

"It also brings the building up to code," Brown said. "The building prior had not been fully sprinkled and now it is. It'll also be ADA compliant. We'lll have ADA seating at all ticket levels including an elevator."

As for the expansion, there's still more work to do like putting up walls and installing electricity, but it'll house extra lobby space and rooms for private parties to rent including a rooftop terrace.

"It's just an incredible piece that gives you views that we don't have anywhere else in downtown," Brown said.

The project is costing $9.6 million, more than originally estimated.

The Avalon Theatre Foundation is raising an additional $400 thousand to defray the city's costs.

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