Waynesboro City Council voted unanimously to grant the Wayne Theater Alliance $45,000 in seed money toward the renovation of the theater.
The Waynesboro Theater Alliance says the landmark can be renovated and expanded into a Governors School, a performing arts center and a commercial complex.
The Alliance needs an additional $19,000 for a total of $64,000 to start on the plans. It hopes to get that money from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro school systems and along with the Waynesboro Redevelopment And Housing Authority.
"Our next step is to bring those parties to the table," said Bill Hausrath of the Wayne Theater Alliance. "If they want to have a good solid input into the design, they need to be participants from the beginning."