Hoover Auditorium Takes Center Stage

Posted on January 31, 2012

The Lakeside Chautauqua community demonstrated its commitment this past summer with gifts to enhance the Hoover Auditorium experience by funding the installation of four large ceiling fans. These new fans will ensure a more comfortable atmosphere for all who enjoy Hoover performances.

In preparation for the 2012 Chautauqua season, Lakeside will make several other significant improvements to Hoover Auditorium, our historic gem, to truly make it a world-class performing arts venue. We are asking for your continued support to refresh and renew this structure inside and out.

Technology, logistics and aesthetics all play critical roles in producing and delivering many memorable events in Hoover. Together, they help create a unique Chautauqua experience.

One of the key components of each Hoover event is sound reinforcement and amplification. The current sound board was purchased 'used' more than 15 years ago. The equipment has been repaired numerous times, and is behind current technology standards. For some performances, Lakeside must rent an additional sound board and other expensive equipment to meet the technical requirements of today's performers.

In addition to the outdated sound equipment, the aesthetic appearance of the lobby entrance does not highlight the beautiful grandeur of the 83-year-old building. As guests enter the front doors, the discolored display walls in the lobby block the spectacular view of the auditorium and stage. 

Furthermore, the inadequate pegboard walls almost detract from the magnificent artwork and photos displayed in the lobby throughout the Chautauqua season.

As we strive to meet 21st century guest expectations, we must remedy these equipment and aesthetic problems. This past fall, Lakeside Chautauqua applied fresh paint to the exterior trim of Hoover Auditorium giving it new curb appeal. We also completed efforts to install a new roof on the building.

With your support, Lakeside Chautauqua staff will address the interior space in advance of the 2012 Summer Opening Ceremony by upgrading the sound board and equipment, as well as installing new gallery walls in the lobby that emphasize the beauty of art and showcase the beauty of the building and stage.