Columbus Group Explores Sale for Historic Crump Theatre

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP): A historic theater in Columbus is going on the market in hopes of finding a buyer or tenant.

The Columbus Capital Foundation Inc. is working to establish the best way to advertise the 125-year-old, 632-seat Crump Theatre.

The future of the historic facility has been in question in recent years as its condition has deteriorated. Two consultants have suggested other uses and renovations that could cost nearly $11 million, but no one has expressed interested in the facility.

Mayor Kristen Brown says the city can't pay for extensive renovations using only public money and that selling the Crump seems like the best option unless a private investor steps forward.

The building has been closed for a year because of fire code and structural issues.