Business Journal: Theater Plans Truncated
The city of Sacramento has drastically scaled back renovation plans for its Community Center Theater.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The shows will go on, but now with fewer bathrooms than hoped. Sacramento has cut back big plans for a $78 million renovation of the Community Center Theater. Instead, the project has shrunk to a more realistic $38 million. The city has wanted to renovate the 33-year-old venue for years. Original plans got derailed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Then building costs soared. Last year, it announced the major renovation project, but officials couldn’t devise a way to pay for it. And efforts to raise the cash from the city’s arts-lovers competed with a fundraising campaign for Crocker Art Museum’s expansion. The skimpier project taps into realistic sources: Hotel-room taxes, a $3 ticket service charge and naming rights to the building. Cuts include additional space backstage and more rest rooms.