Council to Consider Proposals to Renovate Sacramento Community Center Theater

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SACRAMENTO –

The Sacramento Community Center Theater could be renovated in the near future. The city has three proposals that the council will consider Thursday evening.

Fran Halbakken, the assistant to the city manager, says the first proposal would cost $11 million dollars and would make the building ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and fire code compliant.

Option 2 would cost $36.5 million. It includes all the features from the first plan and adds many bathrooms, updates the AC and heating units, and includes major exterior improvements.

Option 3 costs $52.5 million and is a full renovation.

“If you’ve been there you know the lobbies are very congested, so it adds new lobby space to different sides of the theater,” said Halbakken.

Where would the money come from? Councilmember Steve Hansen said the amount for the first plan has already been paid for.

“It’s already a fee that has been applied. We’ve been collecting it since 2007 or so. So we’ve been promising for a long time that we’d do this renovation and charging people a fee [$3 addiper ticket] yet we haven’t done any renovation,” said Hansen.

He also says making changes is essential.

“A lot of our patrons are getting older and we really need to do this for them, but also because of the law, and if we don’t do those, the facility can be shut down,” said Hansen.

Richard Lewis, the President and CEO of The California Musical Theater says the theater doesn’t just contribute a lot to the theater patrons, but to the entire city.

“Our economic impact on the community is somewhere between $4 and $7 million dollars and that’s paychecks to stage hands and then they spend that money locally,” said Lewis.

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