Fox Riverside renovation
RIVERSIDE, CA — In a proposal city officials say will produce long-planned projects and make up for previously deferred upgrades, the Riverside ( Calif. ) City Council is set to vote this week on the initial plans for a $780 million citywide proposal for municipal facilities and infrastructure.
The plan contains essential cultural upgrades, including a retrofitted Metropolitan Museum , expanded Convention Center, rehabilitated Municipal Auditorium and a completely refurbished Fox Theater —– which is probably the most forward-looking aspect of the plan. Not only will it restore one of the city’s historical gems, it will finally give Riverside a first-class performance arts facility.
The city, which recently purchased the theater following long-stalled renovation plans by its previous owner, plans to upgrade and renovate the theater into a performing arts center. The renovation plans call for keeping many of the historical elements and architectural details of the theater, which was the location for the original public “preview” screening for ‘Gone With the Wind’ in 1939.
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(Thanks to Martin Schall for providing the photo.)