Now that the exterior of the entire Boyce Block building has been restored and the interior of the building is dry, an investment in interior preservation is timely and sensible. Muncie Civic can focus on preserving the historic details of the theatre, while also increasing the building’s functionality by refurbishing and renovating the lobby.
Plans for the theatre house include:
- Extensively restore the plaster walls, along with the lion heads and golden wheat sprays adorning the walls.
- Eliminate earlier additions to the walls that are not historically accurate.
- Repair the ceiling.
- Refurbish the intricately formed proscenium arch and elegant lighting elements.
- Replace all aisle lights and seats that will complement the building’s historic design and improve ambiance.
Plans for backstage facilities include:
- Update and improve the safety of the fly system, one of the last hemp rigging systems in the country.
- Renovate the stage construction area to allow for more efficient and convenient usage.
- Relocate the costume shop from second floor to first floor, so that all production areas will be housed on the first floor.
- Overhaul green rooms.
- Install a new ramp to the backstage entrance to allow for wheelchair accessibility to the main stage.
Plans for the lobby include:
- Expand the lobby by eliminating the now obsolete restrooms and relocating.the business office to the second floor.
- Add a refined concessions area that will be historically appropriate.
- Install archival displays to pay homage to the history of the Boyce Block building and the role of theatre in Muncie.
- With these preservation and restorative efforts, Muncie Civic will again be the “finest, handsomest, most conveniently arranged” building in Downtown Muncie.