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Liberty pledges $500,000 matching gift for theater

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 1:03pm  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Liberty University has pledged a $500,000 matching gift to pay for restoring a historic theater in Lynchburg.

The Academy of Music Theatre is conducting a campaign to raise $16.6 million for the project.

Theater executive director David Jenkins says in a news release that the matching gift sends a message to community leaders that the restoration is important to Lynchburg and the region.

The theater opened in 1905 but a fire destroyed it in 1911. The theater was rebuilt in 1912.

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