IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson spoke to a homecoming-weekend crowd gathered outside the University Theater on Saturday. They dedicated the $15 million renovation project with remarks and ceremonial shovels. The building plans call for a state-of-the-art cinema to replace the University Theater and for additional instructional space for the Department of Theatre and Drama.
“It will provide the means for generations of IU students to explore the humanities, world cultures and social sciences through the lens of film,” said McRobbie.
Provost Hanson believes the physical improvements to the theater and drama facilities will help enhance the university’s already strong reputation in the arts.
“The renovations for which we break ground today will enhance our fine theater program by providing additional classroom and studio space,” said Hanson. “These renovations will also add the Indiana University cinema to Vincent Price’s list of great artistic strengths on this campus.”
Officials expect the renovations to be completed by the fall of 2010.