Memorial Hall Theater Renovation and Upgrade
In the Fall of 2010, citizens showed their overwhelming support by voting to approve the extended use of the Vendors’ Fee (the mechanism now used to pay the convention center construction bond), to pay a $10 million construction bond issued by Urban Renewal to finance the project. With financing in place, PURA and the City of Pueblo have moved forward with the revitilization of this historic gem. Construction began in spring 2011 with theater doors expected to open in spring 2013. While PURA is financing this project, the City Planning department will oversee all phases of the project, including design, bidding, and contract administration.
The proposed interior improvements to the historic building, built in 1919, include new restrooms, air conditioning, reconfigured and comfortable seating for 1,650, perimeter isolated aisles, and new state-of-the-art rigging and audio/visual lighting. Plans also include a rear addition that will increase the stage and orchestra pit, and create space for dressing rooms or “green rooms,” as well as loading/storage areas to attract and accommodate larger productions. Proposed exterior improvements include restoration and cleaning of stone, brick, and terra cotta masonry and rehabilitated windows and doors. When completed, the theater is expected to bring increased national Broadway shows, concerts and local acts, which will in turn bring new downtown visitors to Pueblo.
While PURA and the City move forward on improvements to Memorial, the City has prepared for $5.2 million in improvements to the City Hall portion of the Memorial Hall building, which houses City administration offices and Council Chambers. Improvements to City Hall began in the summer of 2011, and are scheduled to be complete by spring of 2013.