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Houston • May 1, 2015

HOUSTON – Wortham Theater Center, a centerpiece in Houston’s downtown Theater District, spent the summer receiving a facelift in preparation for the 2015-2016 performing arts season.

Crews at Wortham Center, home to Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera, finished a restoration of each seat in Alice and George Brown Theater, the larger of the two venues in Wortham. Carpeting was also replaced.

Up in the Founders Salon, chairs and banquettes were re-upholstered, lighting was added and the entire section was redecorated.

In addition, Houston First recently completed a six-week project to replace the tunnel flooring that leads to the Theater District Parking garage. Workers installed a new terrazzo-tiled floor and painted the walls.

“Ballet and opera patrons and indeed all those who attend our shows will experience a sense of newness at the Wortham,” said Mario Ariza, chief operating officer overseeing Houston First’s theater and outdoor properties. “The Brown and the tunnel will both be brighter and fresher.”

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston First’s other facility in the Theater District, also received upgrades, including a new marquee above the main lobby entrance. Wortham Center received new marquees, too.

Wortham Center and Jones Hall will be open to the public during the 22nd Annual Transcanada Theater District Open House this Sunday, August 30, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free