Originally Cullen Auditorium, the newly named Pat Boone Theatre began renovations at the end of June with an anticipated completion date of May of 2022.
The building is heavily used; the theater is the original home of Cornerstone, and its uses include worship experiences, Chapel, band productions, Summit, and student organization events.
The facility has no lobby area or ticket booth, and a lack of space for bigger events and productions.
In decades past, what used to be the Cullen Auditorium conducted the annual homecoming musical. Now the musical requires a larger venue to bring in alumni to gather with the community on campus.
Kevin Campbell, senior vice president of operations, is overseeing the renovations.
Campbell said he has strived to ensure both that the facility meets the donors’ desires, as well as accomplish the necessary things to fulfill the goals of what this building is planned to achieve.
One of the main goals for the Pat Boone Theatre is to conduct more frequent, larger events on campus by utilizing the newly renovated larger space.
“Cullen Auditorium became the main space for so many things during COVID,” said Campbell. “We are hopeful to put that part of campus all back together to bring in that huge sense of community.”
An addition, the theatrical capabilities of the building will be built to contemporary standards. There will be all-new lighting, as well as acoustic treatment. Although these changes may not be noticeable to the audience, they add to the experience for students and faculty.
Rick Piersall, chair of the department of music and head of vocal division, is the representative of department and is advising what is best for the performing ensembles.
“Although the technology isn’t changing a ton for Cornerstone, it will be so much better and the environment in which people are sitting will feel more exciting,” said Piersall.
The Pat Boone Theatre has many changes to come, let alone the new acoustic properties and the music department, as well as everyone else involved in this project, are hopeful that everyone will be able to recognize the investment and energy put into it.