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This story has been well-documened,many times.I believe I read it  first,in an old TAS,about 25 years ago.What I found surprising,was it  took them so long to install the AC,when so many movie theatres made  such a big deal about installing it,during The Depression.Why,one  wonders,were other halls,able to do this (install AC),without ruining  the acoustics ?  Roger

"Nelson-Strauss, Brenda" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:  "A sad tale of greed" ??????  With all due respect, let's get real here.
We're talking about a venue that seats over 2500 people and has over 100
musicians on stage in suits under hot lights. Any modernization efforts
would obviously include the installation of air conditioning. 

Brenda

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recorded first and Arthur...

Chicago's Orchestra Hall when empty. The latter changed with the
> disastrous  renovation of 1966, which essentially wrecked Orchestra
Hall
> as a listening or  recording venue.)

I find it particularly poignant that they did it to add A/C so that they

could extend their season. A sad tale of greed.

Marcos


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