Civic Center Music Hall to Break Ground on theatre and lobby renovations

The Civic Center Foundation announces the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovations of the Little Theatre and more. The Civic Center Foundation plans to break ground on the theatre and lobby renovations, approved by City Council last March, during a ceremony on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 11:30 AM. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the project outlined and voted on by the Citizens of Oklahoma City in the 2017 ‘Better Streets, Safer City’ General Obligation Bond Package, which approved

14.1 million dollars for the project.

“It feels like a long time since the 2017 vote, and we are thrilled to begin the project and share the plans and progress with the citizens of Oklahoma City. When it is completed, we know it will provide a state-of-the-art facility for arts organizations in Oklahoma City and improve the theatre experience for our patrons. We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to the citizens of Oklahoma City for recognizing the need for renovations and the importance of preserving the usability of this historic building in our city.” said Elizabeth Gray, Executive Director of the Civic Center Foundation.

The updates promise to improve the patron experience at the Civic Center and include a new addition on the north side of the building, which will serve as the entrance and lobby for the Little Theatre and provide amenities such as a dedicated bar, new restrooms, balcony seating, and a new balcony lobby. Other improvements to the building include a complete main lobby makeover with plush, spacious new seating, combined bar and café options, a relocated box office, a patron services desk, and a VIP lounge. The project also includes enhanced accessible entrances with additional powered doors and a family restroom on the main level. The building will retain its historical art deco ambiance. “The renovations will retain as much of the original 1937 design of the building as possible, and the design of new spaces are inspired by the original building design,” said Ford Altenbern, Project Manager of the Civic Center Foundation.

The Renovations are estimated to take 18-24 months to complete, and the Civic Center will remain open and operational during this time. For more information about the renovation, please visit renovation.

The Civic Center Music Hall is home to Oklahoma City’s premier performing arts organizations, including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Canterbury Voices, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Ballet, OKC Broadway, Oklahoma City Repertory Theater, and Painted Sky Opera. Additionally, it hosts multiple one-off live performances and dozens of weddings and other private events-serving over 300,000 patrons annually.

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