Akron Civic Theatre
Renovation and stage expansion of the historic 2600-seat theatre was documented as a series of bid alternates to achieve guaranteed maximum price. The renovated theatre presents diverse programming such as touring concerts, film festivals, and local dance and theatre groups.

The small stage house was expanded to accommodate larger productions. The newly deepened pit meets the requirements of a full orchestra and will accommodate a future motorized pit lift. Front of House lighting positions, not existent in the original construction, were added to meet modern stage lighting requirements while maintaining the integrity of the auditorium's Moorish atmospheric design. Pick points for removable front of house truss and speaker cluster rigging were added for concert use.

A building addition was constructed on the north side of the facility, providing much needed storage spaces, expanded restroom facilities, galleries, efficient circulation, theatre operations and accomodations for persons with disabilities.

Theatre equipment was modernized to provide maximum functionality. New counterweight riging was installed; a full compliment of stage lighting fixtures was specified; stage draperies, historic house curtain, and decorative auditorium curtains were designed to meet the historic atmosphere of the auditorium.

Period fixtures were refurbished and re-lamped to meet modern standards and increase energy efficiency where possible. Additional fixtures were added to increase the overall illumination and accent the exisiting atmospheric lighting.

Dramatic atmospheric lighting effects have been created using a computer controlled dimming system which integrates stage, house, and work lighting to achieve such effects as a sunrise, sunset and moving clouds acorss the auditorium ceiling. The existing star ceiling was refurbished with three fiber optic projectors, greatly improving ease of maintenance.