The Hult Center in Eugene is set to return next week with limited capacity. The center’s staff spent their time behind closed doors working on upgrades for a better - and COVID-friendly - experience.
Additions include a 60 panel LED wall display, sanitization machines, and several cameras capable of capturing 4K and UHD video to enhance the quality of livestreams. The upgrades were purchased using state CARES funding which businesses can use to help with recovery from the pandemic.
General Manager Theresa Sizemore said these improvements allow the center to continue putting on performances.
"While others have had to kind of shut down, we’ve been able to continue our work inside these walls," Sizemore said. "It's put us in a really good position for both accepting shows, but also having the technologies for our local organizations to bring their vision to stage in a different way if they choose.”
Sizemore said increasing audience size will occur gradually, for now the cap is 50.
Another benefit of enhancing video quality, Sizemore said, means people who normally wouldn't be able to attend shows can continue watching performances in high quality post-pandemic.
In-person ticket availability for March 25's 10 X 10 series featuring singer RatieD are limited, but the show can be streamed for $10 at the Hult Center’s website.
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