ADA — Planning is nearing completion and renovation work on the McSwain Theater is scheduled to begin early this year, according to a press release from the Chickasaw Nation.

Dorothy Summers Theater at East Central University will serve as an alternative venue for performances during renovation, with the first performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Built in 1920 as a venue for Vaudeville acts, the Chickasaw Nation purchased the McSwain and began supervising operation of the theater in November 2002. Renovation plans include rebuilding the southern façade to give the McSwain a look similar to that of its glory days in the 1920s. New windows flanking the main entrance will be another component in enhancing the theater's appearance.

Ground floor seating in the renovated theater will accommodate approximately 525.

An art gallery on the second story will also include a video system to allow additional audience members and special guests to view live performances.

A redesigned stage area will include new stage curtains as well as state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

Renovation will also include annexing an area east of the main theater building which will include a concession area, restrooms and an elevator providing access to the second story gallery.

Dressing rooms for the performers, and prop storage will also be located in this area. 

Renovation plans also include a number of projects designed to restore the structural integrity of the facility.