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Oberlin's Apollo Theatre Reopens - Cont'd
The dedication ceremony was attended by television producer and Oberlin alumnus James Burrows, his wife, Debbie; and actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, all major donors to this project. DeVito and Perlman, who are married, have a child who attends Oberlin College.
Sandra Hodge, Vice President of Public Relations at Oberlin College, is project director and Westlake Reed Leskosky is project architects. Steven McQuillin serves as preservation consultant.
Then project is being funded by a federal rehabilitation tax credit and was recently awarded a $2 million State of Ohio preservation tax credit. http://www.development.ohio.gov/UD/OHPTC/ This is an innovative project, as it is among the first or likely the first project undertaken by an Ohio college that utilizes the tax credits as a major funding source. Oberlin is the first higher educational institution in the state to receive an Ohio preservation tax credit, but it is hoped it will not be the last.
The original brick facade was carefully cleaned, the Vitrolite storefronts with their stainless steel trim and bright striping accents were refurbished. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitrolite The 1950s era lobby with its padded vinyl walls retains a good deal of its historic decor but is now significantly expanded with a new concession area and enlarged handicapped accessible restrooms. The theater auditorium was reduced in capacity from 800 to 500, but its historic details were retained.
Phase 2, expected to begin later this year, involves the construction of the college's cinema studies facilities in the space above the enlarged lobby, the creation of a second screening space in an existing storefront and the rehabilitation of the theater's auditorium.