Grand Action Backs New Project

August 5, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS β€” The Grand Action Committee and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts are exploring potential renovation schemes and cosmetic improvements for Civic Theatre.

The group has contacted Tower Pinkster Titus Associates Inc. to develop three schematic renovation proposals that could range from patron improvements and renovation of the main theater to extensive renovations throughout the entire complex.

Civic Theatre has been operating since 1979 out of the former Majestic Theater at 30 N. Division Ave., which was built in 1903.

Grand Action donors are providing private sector funding for the schematic design process, said Grand Action Co-chair David Frey.

Because it’s a private sector initiative, Grand Action is not disclosing the cost of the Tower Pinkster contract, said Jon Nunn, executive director.

Nunn said there are no preliminary cost estimates on potential renovation schemes as yet.

The process is to be completed by mid-fall, at which time Grand Action and Civic Theatre representatives will choose among design schemes, Frey said.

Civic Theatre, now in its 79th season, is one of the oldest community theaters in the United States, as well as the largest in Michigan and third largest in the nation.

According to Civic Theatre, its performances draw more than 120,000 people in a single season, of whom more than 5,000 are season ticket holders.

The nonprofit Grand Action spearheaded the campaign to create Van Andel Arena in l996 and DeVos Place convention center in 2004.

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