- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - The Cincinnati Music Hall is donating nearly 1,000 seats from its first balcony to its sister theater in Middletown.

Sorg Opera Revitalization Group (SORG) president Chuck Miller tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/25gMed8 ) the building will contribute 985 seats from its first balcony to the Sorg Opera House, Middletown’s oldest theater.

The Music Hall is preparing for its estimated $125 million restoration and wanted to get the seats out so construction can start.

A Kentucky-based moving company has agreed to store the seats and later install them in the opera house.

SORG board member Jeff Johnson said the contribution will “further cement the relationship of the Sorg to Music Hall in the minds of music lovers.”

Hosea Project Movers, a Covington, Kentucky-based company, will receive the rest of Music Hall’s 3,516 seats and has agreed to store the seats and later install them in the opera house.

SORG Vice President Ken Bowman calls the contribution of the seats a “game changer” for the opera house.

“Once installed, they will go a long way toward demonstrating the viability of our restoration and revitalization project,” Bowman said.

The opera house opened in 1891.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, https://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront


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