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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Orpheum Theatre hires N.Y. architects to aid in restoration

By Denise Neil
The Wichita Eagle

The Orpheum Theatre’s board of directors has hired an architectural firm out of New York to help lead it through its plans for restoration.

Holzman Moss Bottino, a firm that has done design work in theaters across the country, was recommended to the board by LawKingdon, the theater’s local architects.

The new architects will join with the local designers and consultants to develop plans and drawings for the 90-year-old theater’s complete restoration. Orpheum president Jennifer Wright says she expects to see renderings within six to eight months.

Though Wright said she couldn’t estimate how much money or time it will take to completely restore the theatre, she said that the next major project – restoring the mezzanine level, complete with the addition of a new concession area – should begin this year.

The theater, which sits at 200 N. Broadway, revealed its last major restoration project – a $700,000 upgrading of the vestibule and box office – in 2007.

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