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Extreme makeover … Kahilu Theatre edition


Kahilu Theatre patrons will be treated this fall to a live extreme makeover of their very own 30-plus-year-old theatre.

Kahilu Theatre Foundation was awarded $1.5 million in grant-in-aid funding for capital improvements from the Hawaii State Legislature during the 2013 legislative session.

This facility improvement project is already well under way with design by Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design and planning phases in the works and certain significant projects like a new roof confirmed and scheduled for execution.

In addition to the new roof, Kahilu Theatre will:

· Sport an elegant new lobby and reception design, concession and bar to match, new overall flooring for galleries, main lobby, theatre and administrative areas as well as updated furnishings and accents to improve and provide the best possible patron experience.

· Include significant improvements to all technical equipment standards including new projection equipment that will allow for the rebirth of film in Waimea, additional lighting instruments, sound equipment and draperies all meant to bring the theatre up to current commercial standards.

· Allow for some much needed exterior and interior modifications that will provide first class accessibility to community members with special needs.

· And finally, redesign backstage space to create a Black Box Theatre for intimate performances and rehearsals, such as youth and education programs, smaller events, community accessibility and possibly a new cabaret program for live music.

Board president Mimi Kerley is thrilled at the possibilities this will bring to Kahilu and to the entire community.

“I’m grateful to see these much needed improvements and additions to our wonderful facility and I’m looking forward to all this will mean for the future of art and culture in Waimea and the entire Big Island community we serve,” Kerley said. “Special thanks to the support of Sen. Malama Solomon, Rep. Cindy Evans, and the entire Hawaii Island delegation.”

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