CEDAR CITY — The Cedar City Council is moving forward with its pledge to spend $2 million to help build a theater at Southern Utah University to serve as the new home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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City Attorney Paul Bittmenn says council members acting as the Redevelopment Agency modified an earlier agreement on Wednesday to place $1.5 million in escrow by the end of this month. The rest of the money will be paid after the actual construction is expected to begin this fall.

It's part of a $30 million blueprint for the SUU Arts Complex that also will include an artistic production studio and the Southern Utah Museum of Arts. The 900-seat theater is expected to cost $13 million, production facility $8.8 million and museum $8.2 million.