(CNS) – Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills will undergo construction to improve its stage and floor beginning in October, immediately after the close of the outside theater’s summer season, officials announced today. The construction will include resurfacing and sealing of the floor, installing new seats, reconfiguring the stage and upgrading the amphitheatre’s lighting and sound systems.
According to a theater representative, the construction is scheduled to finish in time for the 2013 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season next May, but will force the cancellation of the 2012-13 season of the [Inside] the Ford series in the indoor theater. The series provided space for Los Angeles County-based theater groups to present new plays.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which operates the Ford theaters, said they plan to support regional theater companies through other arts programs, grants and technical assistance.
“We have wanted to make these improvements for some time,” said Adam Davis, managing director of the Ford Theatres. “These improvements will make producing at the Ford better and maintaining the facility easier while retaining the amphitheatre’s historic character.”
The project is expected to cost $7.5 million.