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Austin's biggest theater is reopening, and it comes with a $3 million dollar upgrade.

Bass Concert Hall will come back better than ever after an extensive privately-funded renovation by Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

The hall can seat nearly 3,000 people and saw almost 300,000 guests in 2019.

Upgrades to the venue will include:

  • Recycling and replacing the theater's 1,241 balcony seats
  • Curving balcony seats toward the stage for better viewing
  • Revamping audio and video systems
  • More lobby space
  • New carpet and lighting in aisles
The theater, which turns 40 this spring, closed due to the pandemic but will reopen just in time for graduate recognition ceremonies for UT's class of 2021 in May.

Executive Director of Texas Performing Arts Bob Bursey said the Hall is looking forward to a brighter future as the pandemic improves.

"Our resilience during this devastating time for the performing arts will come from acting on opportunities to come back better than before," Bursey said. "This major renovation takes full advantage of the silver lining the pandemic has provided and sets the tone for our ambitions going forward."


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