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The Ritz Theatre gets a facelift

Governor Bob Riley has awarded more than 5 million dollars in grant money to help Alabama counties, cities and towns improve. 

Sheffield got a quarter of a million dollars of that grant to revitalize its downtown.  Most of the money will be improving streets and utilities, but a portion will help the historic Ritz Theatre.

Mary Settle Cooney, Executive Director of The Tennessee Valley Art Association, said, "We have never had the money to renovate the exterior, so the $80,000 will give us a good heads up on starting the project."  The theatre's interior was restored in 1985. 

Sheffield Mayor Billy Don Anderson is excited about the improvements.  Anderson said, "The other monies will be used to make a pedestrian friendly plaza from the theatre to the intersection."  Needed improvements to the sidewalks, and utilities will also be added.

The Tennessee Valley Art Association wants to restore the Ritz Theatre to the way it looked in the 1940's, but they can't find a photograph to use as a guide.  If you have a photo, please let them know.  Their web site is



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