In 1991, Janis Barlow
completed a comprehensive $225,000 feasibility study on which she coordinated a
team of consultants, including architectural and structural engineers from
Connecticut; Roger Morgan Studio from New York; Stephen Barefoot Associates from
Durham, NC; and Mandel Sprachman, theatre design consultant from Toronto.
The theatre is a
3,400-seat, movie palace built in 1922 that required a complete life safety
upgrade and extensive additions. The Palace is a mixed-use heritage property in
an historic district. A history of conflicts between the private owner and
public interests at the city and state levels had to be overcome and a
comprehensive strategic plan developed.
undertook market and needs assessments (including a random telephone survey of
915 households in the region); conducted interviews and preliminary
negotiations; developed operating plans; directed design development; and
reviewed and prepared budgets, schedules and preliminary construction cash flow
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