Updated Sep 21, 2017; Posted Sep 21, 2017
By Rick Moriarty [email protected]
Syracuse, N.Y. — Construction of the new Redhouse Arts Center in downtown Syracuse is moving right along, with the first show scheduled for January.
The arts center held an open house this week to show off the work going on at the former Sibley’s Department Store garage at 400 S. Salina St.
Workers for general contractor Hayner Hoyt Corp. have completed about 65 percent of the work on the center. Walls are being framed for its two main theaters, a room for one- and two-person performances, two rehearsal halls, a scene construction shop, a remote orchestra room, a prop storage room, a costume shop, dressing rooms, classroom space, a lobby with a refreshment stand and administrative offices.
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A large main stage theater will have seating for up to 350 people. A smaller main stage theater will have seating for up to 125 people.
The work is taking place in the section of the garage that served as the department store’s warehouse. A big hole had to be cut in the ceiling of the warehouse to allow for the 25-foot height required for stage rigging in the large theater.
The new Redhouse center is part of a larger plan to redevelop the former department store into City Center, a mix of office and retail space.
Redhouse officials said the new facility will give it 243 percent more capacity than its current home on West Street. The $10 million project is being assisted by a $1.3 million state grant.
The first performance to be held at the new facility will be the world premiere of comic actor Steve Hayes’ one-man show “Raised by Warner Brothers, Born in Syracuse” Jan. 26 and 27.
The first main stage show will be “On Golden Pond” with television actor Fred Grandy (Gopher on TV’s “The Love Boat”) and his daughter, Broadway star Marya Grandy. It will run March 8 – 18.
“La Cage aux Folles,” the final show of the season, will run May 31 through June 10 and will coincide with the new center’s grand opening.