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CAPA Puts State Of Ohio Capital Budget Allocation Toward Ohio Theatre Renovation

A complete overhaul of the Ohio Theatre's loge began last week.

CAPA Puts State Of Ohio Capital Budget Allocation Toward Ohio Theatre RenovationRecently allocated $1.25 million of the State of Ohio's 2020 capital budget, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) has combined a portion of the State funds-which must be used for the repair, reconstruction, or construction of physical property-with donations from private sources to begin a $900,000 renovation of the historic Ohio Theatre's loge, mezzanine, and balcony.

A complete overhaul of the Ohio Theatre's loge (or first seven rows of upper-level seating) began last week to reconstruct the aisle steps and implement new handrails. The railings lining the front and back of the loge will be upgraded and replaced as well, and new carpeting will be installed.

In addition, new handrails and carpet will be installed in the mezzanine and balcony (the remaining 25 rows of upper-level seating) and the railings lining the front and rear of each section will be upgraded and replaced.

"This renovation was originally slated for the summer of 2020, but was suspended indefinitely as CAPA and other local arts organizations battle the effects of the pandemic," stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. "These funds come at the perfect time, allowing us the opportunity to make use of the shutdown in a positive way. 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."

CAPA will employ all local contractors for the renovation which is expected to conclude in mid-May.

While plans are still in development, CAPA will utilize the balance of the capital budget allocation funds and private donations to implement further improvements to the Ohio Theatre including renovation of the mezzanine concessions area, enhanced wayfinding signage, and ADA accessibility upgrades.

All of the performance spaces owned or managed by CAPA closed March 12, 2020, as a result of the Governor's executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people. Upon the Governor's August 2020 reopening guidelines allowing public events at 15% of venue capacity, the Ohio Theatre has hosted a small number of public, socially distanced events such as an abbreviated CAPA Summer Movie Series and Columbus Symphony performances.

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