The old Egyptian Theatre downtown will soon be getting a face-lift.

The City Council on Thursday night approved the beginning of renovation by allowing work to begin on the facade.The Weber County Heritage Foundation, which purchased the building for $250,000 from Salt Lake physician Dr. Ray Broadbent, plans to use private donations to restore the facade to its original design.

The plan calls for removing the metal marquee, canopies and store fronts that were added to the building.

Once that project is completed, the building will be remodeled to the original theater facade. Damaged columns will be replaced and the original marquee will be replaced.

Meanwhile, the City Council has yet to decide whether it will call for an $875,000 bond election for money to renovate the inside of the theater.

Last month, the Egyptian Theatre Advisory Committee recommended the city call for a bond election, which would increase property taxes by $6 a year if approved.

The committee also suggested that the building be used for money making ventures such as stores, restaurants and entertainment.