Eastman Theatre will undergo a remarkable renovation that will transform the classic structure into a world-class music hall by 2009. Renovations and improvements during the summer of 2008 and 2009 will create an environment that better meets the needs and expectations of discerning audiences. Acoustics will improve dramatically. Other improvements in this phase of the construction include a state-of-the-art sound system, an expanded orchestra level lobby with a new concessions area, improved house lighting, and upgraded heating, ventilation, and cooling systems.
Other enhancements include improved accessibility to the stage and seating areas on all Theatre levels. New seating will be installed throughout the Theatre, and new box seats will be built on the orchestra and mezzanine levels, narrowing the hall and creating acoustical intimacy and envelopment.
All of these enhancements will be performed with careful consideration of the historic character of the Theatre and its significance within the Rochester community. The project will reduce the hall capacity by approximately 800 seats on the sides and directly below the mezzanine of the orchestra level. This reduction in capacity, coupled with construction of box seats, will improve the acoustics and make space for the expanded lobby. The 2,250 seat Theatre will feel more intimate, enhancing the artistic experience and making events more inviting.