Muncie Civic has faced the dilemma of what to do with the 30,000 square foot Boyce Block building since becoming its sole owner in 1986. Long-term strategic planning provided two options: sell the building to an outside investor and become a tenant, or recommit to the mission and expand programming to realize the full potential of the entire Boyce Block building. The board of directors has made the bold choice to commit Muncie Civic to preserving the building, expanding its functionality, and thereby increasing Muncie Civic’s impact on the community.
By leveraging public and private grant funding, almost $700,000 has been received for necessary restorative improvements to the Boyce Block building. Muncie Civic is no longer “singing in the rain” due to a vast amount of work focused on replacing a leaking roof and providing for better plumbing, storm water management, and fire prevention systems within the theater. Extensive refinishing of the exterior has also recently been completed through the Mainstreet Façade project with the support of Muncie Downtown Development Partnership.
In addition, the stage floor has been replaced, the orchestra pit has been rebuilt, and the stage apron has been improved to be more historically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. Muncie Civic is proud of its new restroom facilities that are larger and ADA-compliant, allowing for decreased wait time during performance intermissions and improved overall patron satisfaction. These major steps in preserving the theater have also made way for small upgrades, such as maintaining the hard-to-reach light bulbs in the grand proscenium arch.