The fantasy of The Civic re-created
Memories will flood back when The Civic Theatre reopens early next year. Many of the theatre's past patrons will vividly remember the piercing, illuminated eyes of the panthers and starry sky ceiling.
The panthers have been painted, spruced up and will be placed in a prominent position in the theatre. The ceiling plaster is being replaced with acoustic material to improve sound quality and fire safety requirements.
Theatrical lighting housed in special hatches and a smoke extraction system concealed in the ceiling will provide an uninterrupted night-sky effect. To recreate the 'starry sky' a multitude of fibre optic cables are linked to rheostats, enabling the stars to be phased in and out and control the degree of twinkle.
The ceiling in the foyer, pictured here, is also being carefully restored with the paintwork being cleaned and repainted above the foyer chandelier which has been wrapped in polythene for protection.
The fibrous plaster relief elephants on the
mezzanine foyer level are being repainted - the original
detail was obscured when overpainted during previous