The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility, will be closed to the public for a portion of the summer, upgrading its heating and cooling system. A portion of the system responsible for patron comfort failed last summer in the building owned by the City of Olympia.
“The work planned for this summer will result in a fully operational system that can be operated easily and efficiently.” Said Fran Eide, City Engineer. She also expected a smooth project, stating most of the work will occur within the building. Washington Street will see minimal impact, and the City of Olympia has promised there will not be any long term street or parking closures.
Work is set to begin this July, and will run through August and part of September. While the lobby and theater will be closed to the public, the Center’s Box Office will continue to operate normal hours—Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5:30 pm. Season subscribers and Friends of the Center are encouraged to reserve their season tickets and seats in person or over the phone at 360-753-8586.
Jill Barnes, Executive Director at the Center, shared her excitement about increased patron comfort, stating, “The Washington Center welcomes over 100,000 guests into our facility annually. Our patrons, artists, and artistic partners are integral to the success of our organization. Their safety and comfort is at the forefront of this project.”