An historic town centre theatre is set to get a £600,000 makeover.
The Pavilion is Grade II listed and dates back to 1929
The money will pay for the first phase of repair and refurbishment of the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth.
The borough council approved the budget for the works on Tuesday and said the funding would come from the sales of surplus council property.
The plans include refurbishment of the foyer and toilets, some new seats in the theatre, repairs to stage facilities and external redecoration.
Work is set to start in January 2007 and further improvements are planned for 2008.
Councillor Adrian Fudge said: "The Pavilion is one of Bournemouth's most popular facilities and the council is determined to retain it as a theatre, improving both the comfort and the range of events in this wonderful listed building."
The Pavilion first opened in 1929 as a concert hall and in 1998 the building was given Grade II listed status.