The largest cultural investment in rural Hungary will be completed by the summer of 2023.
The renovation of the Csokonai Theater is well underway as part of the “Modern Cities” and the “Debrecen 2030” programs. The theater will not only receive a modern stage, state-of-the-art sound, and lighting technology, and the auditorium will also have its capacity expanded as well.
According to the builder, Hunép Zrt., the renovation works of the Csokonai Theater are progressing well. The structure of the revolving stage was completed, the auditorium has been expanded, a process by which the columns were removed and replaced by a solid support structure.
There are also basic mechanical and electrical installations, as well as structural improvements such as plastering and foundation. The change can be seen from the outside as well, as the construction of the facade is also progressing.
With state support of HUF 6.3 billion, the most modern theater will be created not only in the country but also in the region.
The investment is linked to the government’s intention and the city’s aspiration to turn Debrecen into an economically and educationally indisputable regional center, and that it should be properly reflected in culture as well, László Pósán, Member of Parliament, pointed out.
In addition to the renovation of the Csokonai Theater, the development of the Csokonai Forum is also progressing well. When both theaters are completed, up to 1,200 theater-goers can be seated in the evenings.
In the case of the Csokonai Forum, the ten-meter diameter revolving stage has already been completed. The structure of the boxes above the auditorium and the walking surface of the space above the stage, (catwalk/bridge) is being prepared. The acoustic wall covering has been completed in the Orfeum (Orpheum), and the sound and lighting cabling installation is underway. The work continues with the construction of the acoustic ceiling and then with the floor covering.
The Csokonai Forum will have two large theater units: the chamber theater, which would take the name of Zoltán Latinovits, while the studio theater will bear the name of Árpád Kóti.
The Csokonai Forum covers more than 5,000 square feet of theater, and it may start operating in the first half of 2022.