FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 7, 2004
Exhibition Hall re-opens Jan. 15
The Exhibition Hall of historic Municipal Auditorium will re-open at a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 15, at 4:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce After Hour’s Party will immediately follow.
The Exhibition Hall was closed in June 2002 so the following renovations could be made:
Two elevators were added on the south side off of 14th Street to serve all three levels (lower, street and mezzanine). A third elevator was added on the east side on Wyandotte Street. It is ADA accessible only.
Eight family restrooms were added on the mezzanine level. On the lower level, two family restrooms, one men’s restroom and one women’s restroom were added. Existing restrooms were cleaned.
Lights were added on the mezzanine level in a grid pattern and the number of high bay lights was doubled.
The two-level, 55,000 square-foot Exhibition Hall is the site of exhibits and other special events. The hall has its own entrance lobby off of 14th Street. It is accessible to all parts of Municipal Auditorium and has access from the auditorium’s plaza garage.
The auditorium complex includes four venues: the arena which seats 10,700; the Music Hall which seats 2,400; and the Little Theatre which is a ballroom with banquet seating for 225.
Built in 1936, Municipal Auditorium was the second-largest building of its kind in the country at that time. It remains one of the nation’s art deco landmarks. Municipal Auditorium is a classic example of the large-scale, limestone, moderne auditorium with art deco detailing.