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Lyceum Theatre $2.2M Renovation Up For Vote By Civic San Diego Board

A $2.2 million renovation of public areas at the Lyceum Theatre will be considered for approval Wednesday by the Civic San Diego Board of Directors.

According to a staff report, the project would involve remodeling two lobbies and four restrooms; replacing electrical and mechanical systems, and lighting; installing a backstage monitoring system; and putting in new carpeting.

The 27-year-old playhouse in Horton Plaza includes two theaters, one with 550 seats and the other with 250 seats. Besides stage plays, the venue is used for seminars, community presentations and art exhibitions.

More than 150,000 patrons visited the Lyceum in the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to the report.

The renovation project has been in the planning stages for five years and was approved in 2011. However, the project was delayed when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies.

The plan was revived by Civic San Diego, the downtown planning body that took over from the old Centre City Development Corp.

The San Diego Repertory Theatre manages the Lyceum under a lease agreement.

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