Renovation consultants to examine Miller Theater in Augusta

posted by CSWalczak on January 27, 2010 at 7:45 am

AUGUSTA, GA — The Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the current owner of Augusta’s Miller Theater, has hired consultants to advise on the renovations needed to convert the former movie house into a performing arts center. The theater has been closed since 1983. Among the issues that will need to be addressed are acoustics, stage depth, ADA requirements and other issues of concern to prime potential arts group users of the facility.

On the experts list of issues is seating, which they believe will decrease from the auditoriums original 1800 to approximately 1200 for reasons of comfort and acoustics, meeting Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, sound and the stage. Long said the stage, which is approximately 20 feet deep, would have to be addressed.

Because the Miller was built as a movie theater, it was designed acoustically contrary to the needs of a symphony Holden said. The remnants of acoustic baffling that still cling to the theater walls testify to that.

Read more in the Chronicle.

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