Accessibility renos, Phase II

Yep, they’re underway!  Our historic building at 70 Berkeley  is closed to outside visitors and renters for the summer.  The renos are tentatively scheduled to be complete just after Labour Day, in time for our September 26 season opener, George F. Walker‘s Escape From Happiness, directed by Andrea Wasserman.

This photo (snapped by Director of Marketing Chloe Whitehorn) was taken from outside the building.  She was on the sidewalk looking through the window closest to where the stairs would have been.  The Box Office is gone – it would be where the scaffolding is, on the right.  The wall separating Box Office and Main Stage is also gone.

Accessibility renovations at Alumnae Theatre - upper lobby.   Photo by Chloe Whitehorn, July 1, 2014.

Accessibility renovations underway at Alumnae Theatre – upper lobby. Photo by Chloe Whitehorn, July 1, 2014.

The goal of Phase II is for patrons with mobility issues to be able to use the front entrance without having to climb  stairs.  To accomplish that, the main entrance is being revised, and the whole upper lobby will be lowered to the ground, eliminating the storage space underneath.

Last summer’s Phase I of the renovations used up some backstage real estate to create a new accessible washroom, revise the two existing washrooms, and punch a doorway in the wall between auditorium and lower lobby.  Patrons who could not use the stairs at the main entrance were always welcome to use the existing ground-level side entrance.

Come back and check us out in late September!

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