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Renovations Begin on IU Theater Transformation to Cinema

IU officials broke ground on Saturday for renovations to the University Theater on campus.

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.

Jessica Gall Myrick

Originally from West Lafeytte, Ind., Jessica Gall Myrick moved to Bloomington in 2002 to run cross country and track for the IU Hoosiers and never left. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's in Journalism from Indiana University.

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