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lgraham commented about Kimball Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 10:04 pm

The theatre is owned by the Williamsburg Foundation.

In the spring of 2000, through the generosity of Bill and Gretchen Kimball of Belvedere, Ca., who donated $3.5 million for the project, a year-long restoration and renovation of the theater began. When it was dedicated on September 28, 2001, during the Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration, the 410-seat theater was renamed The Kimball Theatre. In addition, a new 35-seat screening room, made possible by a gift from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation, allows the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater.

The adaptation of the Kimball to house both film and live performance included the construction of an additional building to house the new stage, fly loft, dressing rooms and off-stage operating areas. New performance lighting and stage rigging were added as well. The speakers for the new sound system are artfully concealed below the extended stage apron and behind the acoustically transparent stage valance.

Richmond architects Glave & Holmes were assisted in their work by professional theatre consultants Lawrence L. Graham and Charles I Swift of Atlanta.