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Construction on Scottish Rite Theater continues

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Construction crews remain hard at work in downtown Peoria.

The mission is to bring new life and new purpose to the old Scottish Rite Cathedral.

This national landmark was built in 1925 for the Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

That is until 2019 when Peoria-area native Kim Blickenstaff bought the building with a vision for the biulding's new act.

"We certainly hope to provide a new performing arts center for the community and our local arts organizations, the ballets, the symphonies, to come and make it their new local home base. We also want to have touring roadshows come through, both theatrical and musical," said Jenny Parkhurst, the Executive Director for Performing Arts at the Scottish Rite Theater.

We got a full tour of the theater to see some of the technology improvements a guest might never see.

"New air conditioning, updates to meet codes that most people won't see," said Parkhurst.

From the catwalks over the stage to the secret roof doors, we saw everything.

With every turn there is a modern twist steeped in this old building's rich history.

Take a look at the restored stain glass.

Not only can this venue attract performers, the ballroom, conference rooms, and commercial grade kitchen are attracting lots of events like charity events, weddings, and conferences.

"We'll be able to start booking in the late fall like October, September. I'm already booking later in the year and we can back that up with the regulations and guidelines," said Parkhurst.

There is no set date for a public open house yet.

Alex Menke

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