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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Undergoes Makeover

A new and bigger VIP club and modern canopies at the north and south entrances are just some of the renovations for the iconic facility located in The Woodlands.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opened to the public in 1990 and has become an iconic venue for The Woodlands and the greater Houston area.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opened to the public in 1990 and has become an iconic venue for The Woodlands and the greater Houston area.

Construction crews have recently started renovating the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, located in The Woodlands, with the goal of modernizing the venue, which was opened in 1990.

The project includes renovating the dressing rooms, as well as a new operations building and the extension of the loading dock, which will make it easier for the venue to continue bringing big productions.

“The project is roughly 11 million dollars. It encompasses six different projects around the facility, the largest of which is a new VIP club, which is going from roughly 3,500 square feet to about 14,500 square feet,” explains Jeff Young, vice president of operations for the Pavilion.

The canopies at the north and south entrances will be replaced. The new ones will have LED lights, but the iconic giant canopies that cover the seating area will not be touched. They were already replaced in 2009, after the facility was severely damaged by hurricane Ike.

Jeff Gerber, from the architecture and engineering firm PGAL, is the lead architect for the project and he explains the idea is to modernize the Pavilion but, at the same time, maintain its essence.

“They know that their venue has the iconic canopy structure that it’s known for and they wanted to make sure the architecture of the new facilities complemented that and didn’t detract from that iconic imagery,” Gerber notes.

Young says the renovation will help the Pavilion remain an appealing venue for top artists and shows, but he emphasizes they already offer a wide variety of events.

“We are probably one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, facility in the country for the type of programming. I mean, where else can you get everybody from Jimmy Buffett, Twenty One Pilots, Dave Matthews to the Houston Symphony, or the Houston Ballet or the Houston Grand Opera?” Young asks.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed by April of 2017, although the new VIP club will probably open to the public in September.

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