Major renovations underway for Palace Theatre


THE PALACE THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS IS CLOSED TO GET A COMPLETE MAKEOVER. MARK: MORE THAN SIX MILLION DOLLARS IS GOING INTO MAJOR RENOVATIONS THAT THEATRE GOERS WILL GET TO SEE IN JUST A FEW MONTHS. MARK: NBC 4’S ELYSE CHENGERY IS LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE WITH THE DETAILS OF WHAT’S EXACTLY GOING INTO THESE RENOVATIONS AND WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE. ELYSE? ELYSE: IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A SHOW JUST PLAYED HERE ON FRIDAY AND THREE DAYS LATER- LOOK AT THIS… ALL OF THESE SEATS ARE GONE. DOWN HERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE REPLACED, THE MEZZANINE AND UPPER BALCONY SEATS WILL BE RESTORED AND THIS ENTIRE ROOM IS GOING TO BE REPAINTED. “SO WE CAME IN ON SATURDAY WITH A 6 MAN CREW AND REMOVED ABOUT 300 SEATS.” AROUND 900 OF THE THEATRE SEATS SIT IN THE LOBBY HERE WHILE THE REST OF THE 1,500 ARE BEING TAKEN OUT TODAY. “TRYING TO TAKE OUT THIS BIG BOLT BETWEEN THE CHAIRS AND LOOSEN IT UP FIRST THEN…” BUT IT’S MUCH MORE THAN SEATING YOU’LL SEE DIFFERENTLY, THE PALACE THEATRE OPENED IN 1926 AND TWO YEARS AGO IT WAS DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR A MAJOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT SAYS TODD BEMIS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS FOR COLUMBUS ASSOCIATION FOR THE PUBLIC ARTS. TODD BEMIS/VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS FOR CAPA: “WE STARTED TO SEE A LOT OF PEELING PAINT. SCAFFOLDING FROM FLOOR TO CEILING IN THE AUDITORIUM WILL TAKE PLACE, THAT WILL TAKE TWO WEEKS THEN THE PAINTERS WILL START TO COME IN THEY’LL CLEAN ALL THE PAINTED SURFACES, REPAIR PLASTER DAMAGE ALL THE PEELING PAINT WILL BE SCRAPED AWAY AND WE’LL START THAT RESTORATION TO SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO WHAT THE THEATRE LOOKED LIKE IN 1926.” ABOUT A YEAR AGO THEY DID A TEST ON THIS WALL HERE YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GOLD THEN AND THE GOLD PAINT NOW. “WE REALLY WANT THE THEATRE TO POP SO YOU CAN SEE ALL THAT GREAT PLASTER THAT IS THROUGHOUT THE PALACE THEATRE” A 6.5 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION SO WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM? “HISTORIC TAX CREDITS, SOME STATE FUNDING, GREAT CORPORATE PEOPLE HAVE STEPPED UP TO HELP US AND ALSO DOING A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN.” “MAKING SURE THAT THE PALACE IS TAKEN CARE OF AND READY TO DO ANOTHER 92 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND WE’RE JUST PLEASED THAT WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE WORK.” ELYSE: A BIT OF A SECRET I FOUND OUT FOR YOU… THERE WILL BE MORE OF A PROMINENT BLUE COLOR SCHEME FOR THE PAINT HERE IN THE THEATRE AND RENOVATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DONE IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN SHOWS START BACK UP AGAIN. LOCAL FOR YOU IN COLUMBUS ELYSE

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