Helsinki City Theatre to reopen in August in tip-top condition

A major renovation and upgrade project at Helsinki City Theatre begun in June 2015 is now complete. The building technology of the theatre has been thoroughly upgraded with careful attention to the nature of this protected building designed by architect Timo Penttilä. The theatre technology now equals that found in Broadway productions. The City Theatre will reopen to the public in August.

The City Theatre personnel moved back to their newly renovated building at the beginning of May. The theatre’s jubilee production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Helsinki City Theatre is a Finnish musical based on the beloved tale of life in the 19th century Finnish archipelago Myrskyluodon Maija (in Swedish Stormskärs Maja). Ticket sales have hit a record with 47,000 tickets sold.

The original total budget for the renovation and upgrades was 67 million euros, comprising 56 million for the renovation and 11 million for theatre technology. The project was implemented within budget with additions caused by increases in building costs and the producer price index.

The project was financed with a long-term loan from MuniFin (Municipal Finance or Kuntarahoitus) and with subsidies from the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Government.

Audience comfort has been improved with increased public toilets, better accessibility and guidance to the visually and hearing impaired. The lobbies have been equipped with digital displays, and the signage has been redesigned. Other improvements include cabinets for private parties in the upper-floor lobby of the main stage. New façade lighting varies by the time of day and season, helping Helsinki City Theatre to stand out in the cityscape.

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