Investing in the Future - OPAC Renovations
On March 27, 2018, the Oxford Performing Arts Center announced plans for almost $2 million in renovations and improvements to the venue. As the region's largest presenter of performing and visual arts, the project will dramatically enhance the patron experience and production capabilities.
This project is funded with an allocation from the Oxford City Council with support from key individual and corporate donors. Construction is tentatively set to begin in early June 2018 and for completion in September 2018.
Built with a capacity of 1,133 guests, the Center has experienced an increasing number of sold-out performances with each successive season. The project will add approximately 100 premium quality box seats to the sides of the main theatre. The new seats will benefit from superb sight-lines and acoustics. Naming rights and sponsorship options will be made available to both individual and corporate donors. Upon completion, OPAC will have the largest capacity of any performing arts venue within sixty miles. For more information on naming rights & box sponsorships, click here.
New Events Space - The Studio
A portion of the lower level of the Center will be converted into a 3,000 sq. ft. flexible venue tentatively named, The Studio. The new space will provide for greatly expanded pre and post function reception space as well as for standalone events such as jazz music, dinner theatre, and lectures in a more intimate environment. In addition to the events space, a new concessionaire will be added allowing for improved food service options for guests. The Studio will have an arts and entertainment theme featuring music and theatre memorabilia. The venue will accommodate 140 guests for banquets and dinners or up to 200 for theatre-style events. Naming rights opportunities are available. For more information on naming rights, click here.
With the addition of 100 new seats in the theatre as well as the new 3,000 sq. ft. events space, additional restrooms will be required. The project will convert existing lower level storage space into new, fully ADA accessible restrooms. Fourteen new women's stalls will be added along with eight new men's stalls. The restroom additions are expected to dramatically shorten lines during intermission. Upon completion, the venue will have 34 women's toilets and 20 men's toilets/urinals, a total well above code requirements.
New Fly System
OPAC is one of only three venues in the state which presents a Broadway musical series. This component will replace the existing stage rigging with 30 new high-speed, high capacity hoists which will dramatically improve cast and crew safety while increasing production flexibility for performances. The new digitally controlled hoists are capable of moving at 180 feet per minute during performances.
The current system of lighting hoists above the theatre floor will be replaced with a network of new catwalks improving safety for production crews as they work to repair and focus stage lighting fixtures. There will be no impact to acoustics or sightlines.
Green Room Expansion
The existing hospitality room on the orchestra pit level will be converted into a new 1,700 sq. ft. green room to provide more room for artist meet and greet events as well as enhanced food service. The existing 200 sq. ft. green room will be converted into a production office for use by touring production companies. This project component is funded within the existing venue budget. Naming rights opportunities are available. For more information on naming rights, click here.
In addition to the major project components, a number of improvements will be undertaken including: painting and floor replacement in the lobby, replacement of all restroom and corridor lighting to energy efficient LED fixtures, sound system enhancements, and box office systems replacement. These project components are funded within the existing venue budget.
Please note that all images and renderings on this site are conceptual and not intended to provide a final representation.