Major renovations have recently been completed at two high school auditoriums: Polytechnic and Wilson. Both buildings retain their original historical character, with refurbished designs in seating, facades and windows.
Polytechnic’s auditorium debuted in November with a student dance concert. A grand re-opening instrumental music performance is slated for Dec. 19.
The $24 million renovation was funded by Measure K, the $1.2 billion school bond initiative approved by voters in 2008.
The 87-year old auditorium was retrofitted for increased seismic safety and upgraded with new lighting, plumbing, air conditioning and heating systems.
To retain the building’s art moderne design, the original terra cotta floor tile in the lobby flooring was refurbished, and a new tiered layout features refurbished original aisle end caps on upgraded seating.
A new acoustical ceiling and a re-painting of the interior were completed, along with the addition of ramps, an elevator and two wheelchair lifts, new restrooms and exterior walkways.
Brian Dokko, Polytechnic choral director, said he was especially pleased with the improved acoustics, which allow sound to travel to far corners of the auditorium.
Another improvement: the lights, stage and backdrop controls were cited as great new assets by Victoria Gathe-Rosado, stage technician.
"This gives our stagecraft students a leg up when they can work with up-to-date technology and equipment like what a professional theater would have," she said.
"We are delighted to have the auditorium back in its new and improved state,” said Bill Salas, Polytechnic’s co-principal. “We are grateful to Long Beach voters who made the bond funds available for this facility that will serve the students and community for decades to come."Polytechnic Auditorium
Wilson’s auditorium will reopen this January, with an inaugural performance scheduled for early in the new year.
The modernized 1929 building features two elevators, refurbished seating, upgraded restrooms, new wall and floor finishes, upgraded plumbing, air conditioning and heating systems, as well as a digital control room, catwalk and new lighting.
Roofing, fire sprinklers, the alarm system and audiovisual equipment were replaced, and seismic retrofitting was completed. The $27 million project was funded by Measure K.Wilson Auditorium