The Ohio Theatre is getting a facelift, to the tune of $900,000.
Funding, according to a press release from CAPA, comes from the state’s 2020 capital budget, as well as private donations. The money will target improvements to the loge, mezzanine, and balcony.
CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington said in a prepared statement that the renovation was originally slated for this past summer but was suspended because of the pandemic.
“These funds come at the perfect time, allowing us the opportunity to make use of the shutdown in a positive way,” he said in his statement. “This renovation is an important safety enhancement for our patrons when we are able to welcome them back to the Ohio Theatre again, enabling us to offer an even better customer experience. We are very grateful to the State of Ohio for its acknowledgement of the beloved Ohio Theatre.”
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Work began last week on the loge to reconstruct the aisle steps and add new handrails. Railings lining the front and back of the loge will be upgraded and replaced, and new carpeting will be installed.
New handrails and carpet will be installed in the mezzanine and balcony as well. Railings lining the front and rear of each section will be upgraded and replaced.
The project also includes renovations to the mezzanine concessions area, enhanced wayfinding signage, and ADA accessibility upgrades.
The renovation is expected to be finished in mid-May.