The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music plans to build an additional building located at the current parking lot at East Main Street and Swan Street that will include a 200-seat recital hall, a large rehearsal space, faculty studios and a recording studio. An atrium will join the building with the Eastman Theatre, and serve as a common area for both concert halls, including a new box office, restrooms and a gift shop.
The estimated total cost of the Eastman Theatre renovation project, including the renovations to the main hall, the additional wing and transforming a rehearsal room into a lecture hall in the current school will be approximately $35 million.
The Eastman Theatre renovations will be done in two phases and are expected to be completed by October 2009. The new building is expected to take 12 to 13 months for completion, with a goal of finishing the entire project by December 2009.