Thalian Hall to be renovated

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The curtain at Thalian Hall in Wilmington will stay closed as the historic building undergoes a makeover.

Thalian was built 151 years ago and is need of some major renovations.

Executive Director Tony Rivenbark said the theatre will keep its historic look, but they will bring the building into the 21st Century.

"Getting new floors, so it will be sloped - not a platform - and people won't trip on it," said Rivenbark.  "We're very concerned about public safety. New lighting, hearing impaired system, isle lighting."

Thalian will also get new chairs, a chandelier, a new coat of paint to the walls, and a larger stage.

"With the new orchestra pit, it'll be elevated," said Rivenbark.  "With the touch of a button, we will be able to add 10 feet to the stage."

The city is funding most of the renovations that will ultimately cost $3.6 million.

Wilmington City Council Member Earl Sheridan, who also sits on the Thalian Hall Board, said the historic landmark plays a leading role in Wilmington.

"When business are looking to relocate they look at the quality of life and that quality of life comes from things like theatre," said Sheridan.  "So it's important for us to take care of this jewel."

The renovations are expected to be finished by spring 2010.

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