New York City Center Opening Midtown New York City Center Reopens in October The Midtown institution

will reopen after an extensive renovation and restoration. By Kareem Johnson DNAinfo Reporter/Producer MIDTOWN ² After a $75 million capital campaign, the New York City Center, which was constructed in 1923 as a meeting hall for the Shriners, and then became a city-owned performing arts center in 1943, will reopen on October 25 after renovations. ´City Center has been one of the city·s preeminent performing arts centers for nearly 70 years,µ said Arlene Shuler, City Center·s President & CEO in a statement. Shuler called the center a ´vital partµ of the city·s cultural fabric. As part of the renovations, the building received a new ticket window and concessions bar, video display wall, and modernized patron·s lounge, the press release said. The auditorium will have new seating with expanding legroom and improved sightlines, along with renovated dressing rooms, and updated backstage amenities. The center will open after a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by Mayor Bloomberg conducting the Encores! Orchestra, mirroring Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia·s conducting of the New York Philharmonic at the building·s dedication as a performing arts center in 1943. The Encores! show will be directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, the former artistic director, and current music director Rob Berman.