(Updated 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8)
The rickety Miramar Theater may be on its way to renovation thanks to a study set to figure out how damaged the building is and what historical features need saving.
The San Clemente City Council Thursday awarded a $28,000 contract to consultant Westlake Reed and Leskosky.
The firm has consulted on more than 100 historic theaters.
"It shows the city is being pro active," said Mayor Jim Evert. "I think there's a serious move to make something happen there."
Funding for the report comes from a $20,000 state grant and the city. The study will help owner Marc Spizzirri figure out what he can and can't do in his planned renovation. Even if Spizzirri's vision falls through, city officials said the study will be useful for future owners.
Spizzirri said this fall he plans to keep the theater's purpose intact.
"I can tell you I fully intend to restore the theater as a theater and save its original use," Spizzirri added.
Installing retractable seating would allow the Miramar to host local plays, school plays, bands, corporate events and other community events, Spizzirri said.
The new study will dovetail with another that has been done by the city focusing on just the structural condition of the building, officials said Thursday.