Wednesday, July 15, 2009
MultiMedia Story about Barbizon's Burns Auditorium @ Winthrop Univ.
a theater that was built at the end of the Great Depression as a WPA project. The majestic Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University in Rockhill, South Carolina, is a classic 1930’s theater. It is still the largest proscenium theater in the Carolinas, and many famous acts have performed on its historic stage -- Martha Graham and Doc Watson among them. Over time, the building had gone through renovations, but the lighting had lagged behind. The older architecture posed hurdles and redesigns for a new lighting system, but the full retrofit is now complete. Byrnes’ lighting is once again state of the art, thanks to the creative collaboration of Barbizon Lighting, ETC, consultants, and the university’s on-site tech experts.