Traverse City officials are fast-tracking efforts to have a second screen for the city's film festival.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Friday that city officials have approved a finalized construction contract and authorized renovation work on the Con Foster Museum. The aim is to convert the unused 1934 building into a 184-seat movie house for the festival that starts late next month to complement the State Theatre.
Festival leaders call it Bijou by the Bay, but the Con Foster name will stay on the building. Foster was a Traverse City mayor whose regular job was managing what's now the State Theatre.
The Traverse City Film Festival, co-founded by filmmaker and Michigan native Michael Moore, runs July 30-Aug. 4. It features foreign, independent and documentary movies.