It's been quietly turning out quality theatrical performances for nearly four decades, most recently in its intimate space on the edge of Rice Village. Now Main Street Theater is embarking on a $3 million capital campaign to renovate and add to that space-and it's already almost halfway there.

The independent theater company has raised $1.3 million toward its goal, money which will go toward paying off the debt on its building purchase and expand. Plans call for adding a second level of classroom/rehearsal space as well as new restrooms, a major redo of the lobby and concession areas and more.

The theater company hosted a kickoff event at its facility on May 13. Major construction will likely start in early 2014 and should be complete by the end of next year.

The Houston Endowment is responsible for getting Main Street part of the way toward its goal with a $500,000 gift. Other donors include The Brown Foundation and the Simmons Foundation.

Later this month Main Street will stage its last production of the season, Close Up Space.