Little Theatre Renovation
In 2017, the citizens of Oklahoma City voted for a General Obligation bond package titled 'Better Streets, Safer City." In that bond package, $14.1 million was ear-marked for facility upgrades at the Civic Center Music Hall. In addition to the 2017 GO Bond funding, the Civic Center Foundation has contributed over $1 million to the renovation.
Largely focused on the Little Theatre, which has been mostly un-renovated since the 1940s, the renovation will bring the Little Theatre up to modern theatre standards with:
- A new dedicated building entrance
- Dedicated box office, bar, concessions, and restrooms
- New theatre seating designed for patron comfort and optimal sight-lines
- Modern theatrical equipment including motorized rigging, LED lighting and a purpose-built sound system
In addition to the updates in the Little Theatre, we also are making a few updates to the main lobby to increase patron experience. Patrons can expect:
- Rearranging the main lobby to create an open, less crowded experience
- Relocating the box office to provide easier access for walk-up and in-person support
- Dedicated patron services location for question and enhanced patron amenities
- New bar and satellite bar locations to shorten lines and increase offerings
- Dedicated VIP lounge on the main floor
The renovation will highlight the historic spaces of our building, and new spaces draw inspiration from historic plans from the 1937 construction of the building.
Finally, we're increasing accessibility at the Civic Center with the addition of powered doors and a new family-friendly restroom equipped with an adult changing table.
Renovations are expected to last 24 months and will run concurrently to normal operations. The project broke ground in August 2021.
Current Service Alterations
Please check your 'Know Before You Go' email for the most up-to-date information regarding your event. Current service alterations are below. We have taken measures to ensure the impact is as minimal as possible, however, you may notice these changes and current construction areas. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
- Upper orchestra patrons should enter through orchestra left and right.
- Carpet is currently being replaced throughout the main level.
- Main concession is closed. Satellite locations are open at the north and south ends of the main lobby and on levels 2 and 4.
- The men's restroom in the main lobby has re-opened. Cafe restrooms are now closed.
- The family restroom is now available to the public. The restroom is located at the north end the main lobby, where the cafe was located previously. The family restroom is equipped with an adjustable height changing table suitable for adults.
How much is the renovation budgeted for?
The renovation was allotted $14.1 million from the 2017 General Obligation Bond Package. The Civic Center Foundation has provided over $1 million in supplemental funding.
What is Better Streets, Safer City?
'Better Streets, Safer City' is a general obligation bond election from 2017, where the citizens of Oklahoma City elected to use revenues from property taxes to fund basic infrastructure needs. For more information visit the City's website.
How long will renovations take?
Renovations are expected to take 18-24 months.
Is the Little Theatre part of the renovation?
Yes, bringing the Little Theatre up to modern standards while preserving as much of its history as possible is the main focus of the renovation project.
Will the Civic Center still have events during the renovation?
Yes, we will continue a regular schedule during the renovation. There may be times when patron flow throughout the lobby will be affected. We will keep patrons up to date with what to expect prior to arriving for each performance. The Little Theatre will be closed for the duration of the renovation.