This render showed restored windows, but as mentioned above.. perfect place to promote programming.
Yup, the building has definitely been cleaned, even if the bricks don't look new exactly. It's rare for bricks to be sandblasted anymore: no-one wants to remove the surface of the brick now as it was found that sandblasted bricks simply start to crumble. So, what's been cleaned is lighter now while still retaining some patina of the years, and that strikes me as preferable anyway.
There are non invasive ways of cleaning bricks like power washing, soda blasting and poultice - I think the average visitor to the theatre isn’t going to register this as a conscious creative decision but rather a mistake or shortfall. It doesn’t look good to me right now - I’m hoping they take another pass at it.
They could - though I think that space directly behind them is used for cash bar (or coat check?)
I really wish they were restoring the pediment too but I think that's beyond the scope of this project. Too bad.
Now that the front façade has been tidied up, the decrepit state of the pediment is all the more glaring. Hopefully, the HIS will agree to do something to fix it up. Probably not though...The HIS was silent on restoring the pediment. I don't know if they have any documentation of that pediment that would actually allow it to be replicated - it might be something they have to create completely anew (and I am sure the very thought of doing that will lead to howls from certain quarters around issues of authenticity, etc)