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Sunrise Musical Theatre On The Sale Block

Negotiations are in the works to sell the 3,900-seat Sunrise Musical Theatre in Fort Lauderdale to a Broward County church. The theater is owned by Clear Channel Entertainment.

Clear Channel's Joe Nieman confirmed there were "discussions and negotiations" for the sale, reports Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

Promoter Jack Boyle, founder of Cellar Door, owned the theater for years. In August 1998 he sold his company for $101 million to SFX Entertainment. In March 2001, SFX was bought by radio conglomerate Clear Channel. Clear Channel Entertainment, its concert arm, also owns the 18,900-seat Mars Music Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

Among the performers who played Sunrise are Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet, Bruce Springsteen, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Vince Gill and Santana.