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  • Grand reopening today at renovated Civic Center

    After two years of construction, a renovated and expanded Civic Center Music Hall celebrates its Grand Reopening with a full day of events including a free concert featuring Grammy Award-winning country band Diamond Rio.

    The $14.1 million renovation project includes the complete restoration of the Freede Little Theatre and added a new 2-level lobby for that facility on the north side of the building. Little Theatre is for smaller performances, seating approximately 300 versus the 3,000 capacity at the main Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre.

    Great care was taken to preserve the original plasterwork and light fixtures. There are new amenities, including a dedicated bar, new restrooms, balcony seating, and a new balcony lobby. All have the Art Deco detail work for which the Civic Center is known.

    Other improvements include a remodeled main lobby which saw the relocation of the box office, main bar, and stairways to create a much more open layout. The project also includes enhanced accessible entrances with additional powered doors and a family restroom on the main level, all while retaining the historical Art Deco ambiance of the building.

    From a press release:

    The schedule for the June 14th Grand Reopening Festivities will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by building tours from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and conclude with a free concert featuring Diamond Rio. Legendary American country group Diamond Rio recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. Diamond Rio, a six-time Vocal Group of the Year winner, is known for their chart-topping hits such as "Meet in the Middle," "One More Day," and "Beautiful Mess." Diamond Rio recently released "I Made It," their tenth studio album. The concert is free to the public. Tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. To reserve your tickets, visit www.okcciviccenter.com.

    New floor plan

    Lobby before

    Lobby after renovation

    New box office

    New lobby light fixture

    New VIP area

    New entrance to Little Theatre

    Little Theatre box office

    Little Theatre lobby and upstairs bar

    Before and during reconstruction of Little Theatre

    New Little Theatre

    New Little Theatre

    Aerial view showing Little Theatre entrance on north side

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