Boosting plans for the purchase and restoration of the historic Fox Fullerton Theatre, the City Council has pledged to match up to $1.65 million in donations toward the cause.
The council agreed by a 5-0 vote Tuesday night to help the fundraising effort, on the condition that funds to purchase the theater be raised by November and that within three years of its purchase, the stabilization, seismic retrofitting and restoration be completed.
The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation envisions using the facility to stage performing arts and show first-run movies.
Jane Reifer, the foundation president, said the gift puts the project within "the realm of possibility" and said she was certain the group would be able to raise its own $1.65 million by November.
Combined, the $3.3 million would be enough for the foundation to buy the theater from Edward Lewis, an attorney.
The 1920s-era vaudeville theater and film house flourished on downtown Fullerton's bustling Harbor Boulevard until businesses closed or moved to outlying malls and the downtown area lost much of its allure.