BAYarts breaks ground for playhouse auditorium
The long-awaited project that will restore the theater of the former Huntington Playhouse – the centerpiece of the historic building – will begin this month with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to join BAYarts and Cleveland Metroparks for a celebration of BAYarts' continued growth and cultural offerings to the Westshore communities.
The first phase of the renovation was completed in 2021 and houses the Sally Otto Gallery, the former lobby of the old playhouse, and has been a beautiful venue for classes, music, and community gatherings.
Due to unforeseen pandemic-related delays, renovation of the theater itself has been on hold. Now, thanks to funding from The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and individual funders, construction will continue throughout the summer with a goal of occupancy by BAYarts' 75th Anniversary Moondance Jubiliee on Sept. 9.
The renovated auditorium will retain the stage but not the seats. The space will be flexible for performances, classrooms, workshops, and events and will open to the beautiful back patio facing Porter Creek.
Beth Milli is the Director of Operations at BAYarts