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Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse to shut down May 2019 for $25 million upgrade

Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse to shut down May 2019 for $25 million upgrade

With a leaking roof, toilet plumbing woes and a busted air conditioner, Fort Lauderdale’s 51-year-old Parker Playhouse theater is showing its age.

Now, the popular auditorium inside Holiday Park will shut down May 2019 for the first wave of upgrades to the venue, a project planned to cost $25 million, Parker Playhouse officials told SouthFlorida.com on Friday.

When finished, the Parker Playhouse’s facelift will include a glitzy central lobby, a sleek VIP lounge, state-of-the-art audio-video equipment and advanced acoustics, Broward Center president and CEO Kelley Shanley says. Renovations are expected to be completed before the venue’s 2020-2021 season kicks off in October...

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