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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Opera House Renovations

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  
Curtain is lifted on part of the $3 million renovation project.

Customers who attend tomorrow night's(FRI) jazz concert at the Orillia Opera House will get a first look the renovations that have been done.

A five-year plan was cut to three years thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the federal government that was matched by the City of Orillia.

Opera House General Manager Wendy Fairbairn says what the public will notice is the changes to the Gordon Lightfoot Auditorium such as refinished floors and new seats.

She says 16 of the seats are accessible, compared to four previously, and larger to provide more comfort for everyone.

The number of seats has been reduced to 684 from 700.

Fairbairn says a 1983 HVAC system that heated and provided air conditioning in the Auditorium has been replaced and another HVAC system will be replaced to take care of the studio theatre and office space.

She says the HVAC and seating took up most of the grant money.

The Opera House has been closed for over a month for renovations and will be again in January,  with a timeline of March 2018 to complete the project.

The building will also be more energy efficient with LED lighting,  doors and windows are being replaced,  improvements to the washrooms, and a renovated bar and concession area.

Fairbairn says the goal was to keep the old charm of the Opera House with modern efficiencies.

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