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How are the renovations coming along at Thalian Hall, and what is the targeted completion date?

John Staton

Renovations have not yet begun in the main stage space at Thalian Hall, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008 and is preparing to undergo its most extensive renovations since 1990.

In fact, it’s open and hosting a production of musical play ‘The Wiz’ this month.

But the main stage is scheduled to close at the end of August. The last scheduled event there is a screening of the film ‘Mandie and the Secret Tunnel’ on Aug. 29.

The stage was originally scheduled to close at the end of May for updates including new seats, an expanded stage, technical upgrades, a new climate-control system and painting of the historic proscenium and other decorative elements. When the main stage reopens, a new chandelier is expected to hang in the main stage theater as well.

The closing has been pushed back twice. Tony Rivenbark, the executive director of Thalian Hall, attributed the delays to the slow bidding process for the renovations required by the City of Wilmington, which owns Thalian Hall and has offices in the adjoining City Hall.

The timetable is for renovations to be completed about six months after they begin, but Rivenbark will likely have a more precise answer at a press conference he said will be held later in August.

In the meantime, the Cinematique film series, formerly screened in the main stage, is being held in the former studio theater, now refashioned into the Archives Theatre, and events and meetings are being held as usual in the Thalian Hall ballroom. Thalian Hall’s Main Attractions series of concerts and other artistic events begins in September and has been moved into the ballroom as well.

answer posted Aug. 12, 2009.

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