“If you’ve missed going to Tacoma’s iconic Pantages Theater, good news. It’s back with shows starting Thursday,” writes Debbie Cockrell in Monday’s (11/12) News Tribune (Tacoma, WA). Symphony Tacoma, among the groups that perform in the theater, will play there on November 17 for the first time since its renovation. “The $24.5 million renovation of the historic site … started in May. The interior overhaul, paid for in a mix of public/private funding for the city-owned building, marks its centennial as a destination entertainment venue…. ‘It is just stunningly beautiful,’ [Tacoma Arts Live Executive Director David Fischer] said…. That restored elegance required an ‘all new paint and plaster treatment that echoes back to 1918,’ he [said].… Add to that new carpeting, drapes and seating whose fabric complements the surrounding color scheme—and the seats now have cup holders. And you might notice the improved acoustics, particularly for classical music.… The renovation crew also worked closely with the U.S. Department of the Interior, because the theater is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.”

Posted November 14, 2018