The Appleton Auditorium is named after Julius and Louise Appleton's youngest son who died in a car accident. The auditorium can accommodate a diversity of activities, such as plays, films, concerts, and public lectures. The control room is the one between two exits, it is used to control the effects on stage, such as the lights and sounds.
At the time this photograph was taken there were 12 rows of seats in the auditorium, in total 300 seats. Since all rows are arranged in concentric curves focusing on center stage, there is a classic statement that "there is not a bad seat in the house". The stage is 4'4'' high, 47' wide, and 23' deep, it has a remote controlled movie screen. Outside of the auditorium is the Linkletter Art Gallery, which is named after Art Linkletter, the famed entertainer. In 1973, undergraduate Dennis St. Jean and his friends came up with the idea of building a theater on campus. They produced and directed the College’s first “Best of Broadway” in Moses Hall and, along with the handful of money they collected from the show, gave the money as a “down payment” on the new theater to President Wilbert E. Locklin. By the late '70s the fund grew to $10,000, and the future theater was incorporated into the Capital Campaign. By 1978 Art Linkletter, one of the main contributors to the Art Linkletter Natatorium, had contributed $50,000 himself. Other leading contributors were Julius and Louise Appleton, the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, and the George I. Alden Trust. Construction began on the corner of Hickory Street and Wilbraham Avenue on March 3, 1983. The total cost of the building was $850,000. On May 4, 1984, Art Linkletter hosted the dedication performance. The building was renovated and rededicated in the spring of 2009. Renovations included a new entrance, a new façade of glass, brick, and limestone, new flooring, and a track-lighted ceiling. Other improvements were new stage flooring, curtains, sound system, carpeting, and acoustical wall panels. The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the renovation was held on Thursday, March 5, 2009.
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