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The primary men’s and women’s restroom facilities on the balcony level of The State Theatre have remained virtually untouched since the building’s initial 1928 opening. One of the most common complaints we receive, especially from women, is in regard to how outdated these facilities are. In 2012 The State Theatre secured funding to work with local architect Jason Demarest on a design to renovate these restrooms. Our primary goal was to increase capacity and perhaps to discover some cost-savings from installing more efficient fixtures. Secondarily, we hoped to make cost-effective aesthetic improvements in the restroom experience. We are extremely pleased with the resulting design. An important element of the new design was realized through repurposing space once deemed necessary as a “lounge”. That allows for greater density of fixtures, as well as a better flow of traffic in and out of the restrooms – all accomplished within the existing footprint of the combined restrooms. Additional highlights include:
The State Theatre of Ithaca recently announced the “Skip to the Loo” campaign to raise the$270,000 needed to renovate these restrooms. The campaign will need to hit a certain threshold by April 2014 to accommodate a summer construction schedule. STI has secured the first $42,000 in a grant from the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board. The remaining funds will be raised through this campaign. We are seeking donors to help support this important project as we prepare for the second century of the State Theatre of Ithaca.
Support The State Theatre’s “Skip to the Loo” Campaign and directly contribute to this important project. Your generous donations will enable us to make The State Theatre a more comfortable, efficient theatre for many years to come.