ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city is planning to sell off a long-vacant theater at an auction in April.

The city of Rochester recently took ownership of the Scenic Theater building through a tax deed, after the owner fell behind on paying taxes. Foster's Daily Democrat reports the theater part of the building has been shuttered for the last three decades.

The short-lived Cast and Grind coffee shop was the last business to use the restaurant space at the front of the structure, closing in 2016.

City officials say the Scenic Theater will need substantial renovations to be usable, with one official saying rain is getting inside and the sky is visible through parts of the ceiling.


Information from: Foster's Daily Democrat,