Bob Hope Auditorium Renovation

The Show Goes On for Bob Hope Auditorium
Posted on 06/05/2020
Throughout the summer months, the Bob Hope Auditorium at Xenia High School will be undergoing a complete facelift. 

“For those who remember when it was built, the Xenia High School and its Bob Hope Auditorium represent the strength of spirit that allowed our community to rebuild and grow stronger in the aftermath of that disaster,” said Dr. Gabe Lofton, Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools. “Continuing to preserve this past while still making our buildings functional for coming generations of students is one of the goals underpinning our long-term facilities plan.”

Built after the 1974 tornado that destroyed the previous high school building, the current auditorium was named after legendary entertainer Bob Hope in thanks for a fundraiser he organized at the time. 

"Xenia has extraordinarily talented young people, and we are thrilled to be renovating and updating the equipment in the Bob Hope Theater so that our young performers can truly shine," said Board President Jennifer Marietta.

Projects included in this renovation will include: new stage and house lighting, stage curtains, sound, projection system, seating for 710, and flooring throughout. 

“Our student productions are an important part of our school life and community, yet this is the first time the auditorium has undergone a renovation of this scale in its 43 year history,” Lofton added. “The current auditorium lacks the infrastructure for productions, and the renovation will give our students a much-needed modern and usable theater and meeting space.”

The total cost of the renovation is estimated to cost $600,000, and is being funded through the district’s permanent improvement funds. In addition, a generous donation of $30,000 has been donated by the Doug Adams Trust to support the project.

The new auditorium is expected to re-open in late Fall 2020. 
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