Blumenthal Performing Arts carved out six weeks in its off-season, starting
The seat renovation is not the only upgrade this year.
The women's rest room on the orchestra level has been renovated. Twentyfour new stalls were added to the 24-stall rest room. Patrons at "Porgy and Bess" this week have noticed the new stalls, exit and sinks.
"Women who are used to standing in line trying to get into the restroom will appreciate that those restroom lines will be diminished," said Blumenthal president
"Summer is really the best time for us to take on a major project," he said. "The seat replacement is taking about six weeks, and so that's something where we would just never be able to find the time to take the facility away from public use."
In October, the city council approved
The rest room renovation started in January and was completed in time for "Porgy and Bess" Tuesday night.
Gabbard said they planned ahead, blocking out six weeks to dedicate to the renovation, and all of the seats in the theater will be replaced. The seats were originally to be renovated in 2008, but because of the recession, the money had to be reallocated.
While the seat renovations take place, the center will also freshen up the Blumenthal's lobby, replacing the now faded wallpaper, Gabbard said.
Gabbard said the city has always done a good job of maintaining the Blumenthal facilities, and he's happy to see the both renovations finally taking form.
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