Wausau's Grand Theater getting $3 million Rennovations

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Its a hot spot for theater goers and art lovers in North Central Wisconsin. A $3 million project is underway to update and restore part of Wausau's Grand Theater.

"The purpose of the $3 million project is to preserve what we have," says Jim O'Connell, the executive director of the performing arts foundation, "and enhance it for the future so we have, and can continue to serve the community through the 21st Century."

Jim says replacing the 1980s sound system was a must.

"We now have a set of 23 individually focused speakers that will provide cleaner, more focused sound," explained Jim, "so people can understand better and hear more clearly what is happening on stage."

Another change you'll see if to the outside of the building.

"The lowest set of limestone blocks along the sidewalk have been deteriorating, some of them for 86 years, some just since 2002. The new chemicals they use to keep ice off the sidewalks have actually corroded the surface of the limestone."

So far, they've raised $2.4 million, all donations by local individuals, businesses and foundations. The sound system has already been installed, and the work on the limestone has started.

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