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Eastman Theatre Renovation Project

Updates as of September 27, 2010

You will notice some changes within the Eastman Theatre complex this coming season. Enjoy a brand new culinary experience at RPO concerts in the new Betty's Café, located right next to the Wegmans Family Gallery. You can get refreshments and sit back with friends at one of a dozen tables. The new glass windows in the original solid wood exterior doors will let in lots of natural light, and give you a view of what’s happening on Gibbs Street. It’s the new space to see and be seen in!

There also have been additional enhancements to the Ranlet Lounge off the balcony lobby, in preparation for its new function as a patron lounge on RPO evenings.

In early December, the 32,000-square-foot Eastman School expansion project will be completed, with the spacious, multi-story Wolk Atrium connecting the original Eastman Theatre building with the new wing. There will be an entrance to the building directly across from the East End Parking Garage, making access to the Theatre even easier. Other features include:

  • A magnificent large-scale, suspended Chihuly sculpture created especially for the new atrium
  • The 222-seat Hatch Recital Hall—a contemporary equivalent of Kilbourn Hall
  • New restrooms at every level of the wing—including the Orchestra level
  • New elevators enhancing accessibility to every level of the Theatre and the new wing

As one of the features of the new Eastman School wing, the RPO will be moving its Box Office into the Wolk Atrium in early December, with convenient short-term parking spaces out front and a new Gift Shop. Stay tuned for more information on the exact timing of the Box Office move.

For more information on the Eastman Theatre renovation and to view photos and artists' renderings, visit the Eastman School of Music web site.

 


Updates as of November 5, 2009

 

Welcome to the RPO’s 2009-10 inaugural season in the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre!

Over the summer, construction teams worked diligently to renovate and transform the
Theatre into a 21st century marvel, while honoring its history and maintaining its historic character.

As you enjoy our RPO concerts, you’ll notice the following elements already have been completed:

  • Box seats on the left and right sides of the orchestra and mezzanine levels
  • New or refurbished seats in the entire theatre
  • Removal of more than 850 seats for a more intimate experience
  • New carpeting
  • A larger lobby space
  • Five new lobby lounges with seating
  • Re-lamped chandelier
  • New sound system and improved acoustics
  • Improved ADA access and seating options

Later this season, hand rails will be installed in the mezzanine, loges, and balcony.

What about the restrooms? The renovation and expansion project is not completed yet, including the additional restrooms in the new wing—however, the women’s restroom located on the lower level has been refreshed. We anticipate that during the second half of the RPO’s 2010-11 season there will be new restrooms easily accessible to the orchestra floor.

During the summer of 2010, connections will be made between Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and the new addition next door. There also will be a new concessions area located on the orchestra level.
 
During the 2010-11 season, the 32,000-square-foot Eastman School expansion project will open, featuring:

  • A spacious, multi-story, sky-lit atrium connecting the original Eastman Theatre building with the new wing
  • A magnificent large-scale, suspended Dale Chihuly sculpture created especially for the new atrium
  • The 230-seat Hatch Recital Hall—a contemporary equivalent of Kilbourn Hall
  • A new RPO/Eastman Theatre Box Office and gift shop
  • New elevators enhancing accessibility to every level of the Theatre and the new wing
  • A rehearsal room to accommodate a full orchestra and chorus
  • Six faculty studios, a recording control room, and other enhancements

 

Update June 19, 2009

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Last week, Guy DiMatteo of Artisan Interior Services was in the Eastman Theatre putting the finishing touches on the Mezzanine seats. All of the individual seats in this section of the theatre are being restored. Pictured above is one of the current seats (left), next to one of the restored seats (right).

The original springs - which allow the seat to spring back up into place when someone stands up - were missing from most of the seats, so new springs had to be fabricated. He was installing springs on approximately 200 chairs over several days. Pictured is a detail of one of the seats with the new spring in place. 


Update September 19, 2008

Below are two more photos. This shows the center orchestra level with the seats covered in plastic. The chandelier is inside the scaffolding in the background.

 

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And here is a side view of the Eastman Theatre exterior, from Main Street looking down Swan Street, showing the new stairwell under construction.

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August 21, 2008

Next year, when you arrive at the new Eastman Theatre, a remarkable experience will await you... and the renovation teams have been hard at work over this past summer on the first rounds of improvements.

Although you may not notice many changes when our 2008 season begins this October, some of the seats in the mezzanine and loge will already have been reconditioned. By next fall, we'll have more than 80 box seats... wider aisles... a grand lobby... and much more to add to our experience. All 2,250 seats in the renovated theatre will either be replaced (Orchestra and Balcony) or completely reconditioned locally (Mezzanine and Loge).

Theater_work_sm.jpgHere is a 'behind the scenes' picture of some of the construction in the theatre this summer. You may not recognize it - but it's a view of the house right wall and orchestra level from the stage floor.

Don't worry, though, we can assure you that all of this summer's construction will be wrapped up by the time our season begins - there will be no interruptions to our performances.

Construction is already under way on a new neighboring building, which will be connected to the theatre, which will feature a 230-seat recital hall, faculty teaching studios, a rehearsal room, a recording studio, and an atrium.

When the renovations are complete in Fall 2009, the main theatre will be renamed Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

For more information on the Eastman Theatre renovation and to view photos and artists' renderings, visit the Eastman School of Music web site.

We'll be keeping you up-to-date all year on this page... so stay tuned!

P.S. - our subscribers this year have already reserved their place in the new Kodak Hall... to learn more about subscribing and to download our brochures, please click here.

 

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