Friday night, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta announced its plans to renovate the old Miller Theater, in downtown Augusta.
Brian J. Marks, the VP of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, says...although the building is old, it’s still strong.
"The first thing we learned is that that final building, as bad as shape as it's in now, is a terrific old building with great bones. And that even though it had started life as, and throughout its life was a movie theater, it could actually be turned into a first class performing arts theater.”
Levi W. Hill IV, the Chairman of the Miller Committee, says, "to be a home for the Symphony, and also to be a place that we can have a permanent music institute for education and furthering the love of music here in Augusta."
The architects for the renovation have been selected. Their plan is to combine the Miller Theater with the building next door. The combined building will have more room for educational activities. With this new plan now moving forward, the SOA can get $5.1 million in special purpose sales tax funding if they can raise 25% of the total cost.
Levi says, "but the costs of this project far exceed that (5.1 million) and we're going to have to have a good fundraising support here. Private support for this project."
Tonight, the Symphony featured a short documentary about the Miller Theater. The purpose of the film was to show that the Miller Theater renovation can do a lot for the city of Augusta.
Levi says, "this project could really change the face of Augusta and begin to move Augusta in a direction that we all feel it's possible here in Augusta to have an arts district."
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