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Alley Theatre Renovation Is In Its Final Stage

The $46.5 million project is set to finish next month. Here’s a peek behind the curtain of the progress so far.

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Gladden
Alley Theatre Managing Director Dean R. Gladden stands in the new seating bowl for the Hubbard Theatre. Photo by Mike McCormick.

 

Navigating around scaffoldings, stepping over wires, and avoiding pallets of pink insulation, it’s difficult to imagine that the Alley Theatre’s renovation is in its last weeks. They still have seats to install, a ceiling to plaster, bathrooms to tile, and the list goes on.

Alley Fly Loft
A view of the new fly loft above Hubbard Theatre. Photo by Mike McCormick.

But the theater’s Managing Director Dean Gladden is confident.

“It’s hard to believe it’ll all be done in July,” Gladden says. “We right now have over 300 people working in the building. And they’re going to get up to 360. It’s really amazing to see these guys and the amount of work they can do in a day.”

Gladden led a group on a hard hat tour to check out the progress of the construction. One of the most obvious improvements will be the larger stage. Before the renovation, it was 18-feet.

Now, it’s 54. That’s not the only big upgrade.

“We felt that the Alley Theatre should be like every other theater in the world and have a fly loft. So that we can really take advantage of theatrical techniques that we hadn’t been able to do before,” Gladden says.

Opening night for the first performance of the season is October 2nd with the production, One Man, Two Guvnors.

 

Alley Lobby
A view of the Meredith and Cornelia Long Lobby outside the Hubbard Theatre, where the original wood railings have been preserved and are being refinished. Photo by Mike McCormick.

 

Here’s a look at earlier renovations.

 

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