A $4.5 million fundraising campaign launched Thursday has three goals to usher in a new era of artistry and activity in downtown Aurora: Build a performing arts school, modernize the Copley Theatre and replace all 1,888 seats in the historic Paramount Theatre.

The campaign starts with $2.5 million from the Dunham Fund and $150,000 from board members of the Aurora Civic Center Authority, which oversees the Paramount.

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