Sunday, August 25, 2013

Views of the Main Auditorium Ceiling During Renovation

Here are two views of the Main Auditorium during the renovation. These are panoramic images stitched together from multiple photos. Note the large grill at the far right of the top panorama. This late-sixties addition has thankfully been removed. The lights have also been replaced. These units shown here were not original to the building. These lights offered poor quality illumination for the Auditorium. They have been replaced by recessed lighting.

Both photographs also show the original booth, where once were kept the projectors. This booth was not in the plans for the building back in 1923. It was apparently added sometime during the construction phase. The October 21, 1924 edition of the Campus Chat had this to say of the booth:

"The projecting booth, to have been situated in the balcony, should have been planned as a part of that balcony and constructed in harmony with the balcony. No matter how skillfully a booth may be constructed now it will never have the appearance of complete harmony with the building and decorations. It will have a tacked-on appearance, an addition to, not part of the auditorium" (New Auditorium Needs Motion Picture Show, Campus Chat).

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