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City Rethinking Mohawk Theater Project
By Tammy Daniels
07:17PM / Tuesday, March 30, 2010
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — How many seats can the Mohawk Theater afford? That’s the question the city’s trying to calculate as it rethinks the use of the historic cinema on Main Street.
City officials toured the facility with theater consultant Martin Vinik of Planning for the Arts LLC and restoration committee member Andrew Hoar on Tuesday afternoon to consider priorities for the long-gestating project.
“This is amazing. It’s really nice to see this,” said Vinik on his first tour of the building since it was gutted last year. He downplayed officials’ concerns over the size and condition of the building. “I’ve spent a lot of time in far worse theaters.”
Mayor Richard Alcombright has repeatedly said he wants a firm plan in place that ties the building’s use to its renovations. At last week’s Berkshire Chamber “Eggs & Issues” breakfast he said he expected to have a proposal to complete the project by the end of the year. One idea he threw out was reducing the number of seats to accommodate a larger stage.
Phase 1 of the theater project was completed last summer by Eastern General Contractors of Springfield. The interior art deco wall panels, seats, box office, lighting and other items were carefully removed and stores for rehabilitation and restoration. The lobby floor was removed and new supports put in; the space on the west side of the lobby was opened up and the exterior facade was restored and renovated to match the east side of the building.
Plans to push out the back wall, deepen the stage of the cinema and add dressing rooms and storage was dropped two years ago because of spiraling costs. Alcombright said cost continues to be a factor but he doesn’t want to limit future uses of the building.