NAMPA-- A historic theater in Nampa got a big donation that many hope will help finally push a renovation and reopening project forward.

Renovating the Pix in downtown Nampa has been a project more than 10 years in the making now.

Back in 2002, the Pix Foundation took over the historic theater with the dream to create a 300-seat performing and visual arts venue.

But as with many ideas -- money has been a big hurdle, especially after a storm in 2003 collapsed the entire roof and drastically increased cost.

Today, outside the theater -- Pix Foundation board president Debra Linder, who's father helped construct the theater in 1946, made a big announcement.

Home Federal Bank donated a confidential, but large amount to finish paying off the building's mortgage.

With that done it's off to the project the foundation really wants to do -- renovate.

Our next goal is to pay for the mechanical drawings. Once we get that done, we can definitely move forward quickly, said Linder. Because we do have several companies that have mentioned they'd like to help us with in-kind donation and labor, materials, to help us with rebuilding.

Next up, the foundation plans to start an online kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for a new marquee.

The hope is now that the mortgage is paid-off, the community will be more excited to give money to specific renovation projects that will become much more visible than writing checks for the building.

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