Philadelphia's Mann Center to Undergo Renovations After Summer Season

Classic Arts News   Philadelphia's Mann Center to Undergo Renovations After Summer Season
Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts is slated for a $35 million renovation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The first phase of improvements for the outdoor venue include new parking lots, a new education center with seating for 100 people, an outdoor plaza with bars and food, and other enhancements to access and amenities.

The renovations will begin after the summer season ends.

The renovation planning began three years ago. Peter Lane, president of the center, said, "Our facility was feeling tired. It was built in 1976, when there was no concept of a handicapped entrance on a hill that is 65 feet tall. The amenities for patrons—from food service to rest rooms—were inadequate."

About $11 million has been raised out of the $13.2 million necessary for the first phase.

Subsequent improvements will include a new restaurant, production facilities, and rooms for artists.

The Mann Center is the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also features programs of opera, dance, jazz, and other performances.

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