The restoration and expansion of the City Auditorium is continuing to pick up speed. The contractor began demolition and construction after permits were recently issued.
The restoration and expansion of the auditorium comes with a $15 million price tag. The San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition is leading the project.
Matt Lewis, San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition, said, “The renovations are necessary. The building was built in 1929 and it was showing its age. It had a lot of structural issues that needed to be updated.”
Once complete, the building will be up to fire code and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Contractors are adding in a new sprinkler system and a ramp on the stage. Lewis also said the renovations will keep the same old feel of the 1920’s-style building but with modern upgrades.
Once complete, the coalition is also hoping the new renovations will attract bigger shows. Before, the auditorium wasn’t on the list for traveling shows because of its lack of features, such as a loading dock and dressing rooms. Now with the addition of these features, Lewis hopes that changes.
Renovations to the auditorium and construction of an additional 17,000 square feet should be complete by Spring 2017.
Another project underway, in conjunction with the auditorium, is construction of a smaller Performing Arts Center. This project is scheduled to be complete within six months. It’s a $10 million project that will have a smaller stage and seat 120 people.