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UT, city talk future of Clarence Brown Theatre

May 9th, 2013 8:55 pm by Megan Boehnke

UT, city talk future of Clarence Brown Theatre

Overhauling the existing Clarence Brown Theatre or building a new venue near World’s Fair Park are among the proposals discussed in “very early conversations” between University of Tennessee and city of Knoxville officials about the future home of the school’s theater department.
“All we are hoping for is a decision that allows us to plan for the future, and to allow us to have an academic wing in and around the theater and not all around the campus in found spaces and houses that are in danger of falling down or former racquet ball courts,” said Calvin MacLean, artistic director for Clarence Brown Theatre and a professor in the department.
In addition to its lack of classroom space, the 43-year-old, 576-seat proscenium theater is also in need of new bathrooms and other upgrades. It faces access and parking problems since new campus building plans include turning Andy Holt Avenue into a pedestrian mall and demolishing the nearest visitor parking garage to make way for a new student center.

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