Well This is Terrible. Or is it? Carter Barron Amphitheatre closed for repairs, possibly up to 5 years

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Photo of Lynda Carter by Pablo Raw

For folks who were bummed about the changes implemented last year, look away! Though perhaps this is a good opportunity to reasses the under utilization of Carter Barron and maybe this’ll come out better all around when repairs are made.

From NPS:

“As the result of a recent structural assessment, the National Park Service has determined that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. This means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer.

We know how much the community loves the Carter Barron, and we are working to get it back in action as soon as possible. We invite you to join us for concerts at Fort Dupont Park’s Summer Theatre while we address this important safety issue.

We will continue to share information as we have it. Updates will be posted here on our website.

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Which option are you pursuing, and why?

We investigated options, including short- and long-term repairs, and determined that rehabilitating the stage (Option 3) is the best choice. This option would ensure that the amphitheatre meets all current codes and is accessible for all, and it would last for 75 to 100 years.

We remain committed to finding solutions to preserve this amphitheatre and will keep you informed as we move forward.”

13 Comment

  • Blithe

    Not terrible. I think that a well-thought-out re-do, that would maintain the amphitheater on a long-term basis is the way to go. This is a much better option than trying temporary fixes that would take almost as long. Long Live Carter Barron! <3

  • A temporary fix would be totally stupid. It’s a shame that a rebuild will take 5 or more years, but to me it’s without a doubt the correct option. And sure, while it’s closed might be worth thinking about how to make the best use of it in the future.

  • To be honest, I didn’t even realize there had been a regular schedule of shows there in years. And too bad every NPS project takes a THOUSAND times longer to complete than if it were being done by nearly any other entity.

  • their programming has been erratic for quite awhile. They used to have regular sponsorship and a predictable amount of scheduling back in the 90s when i lived here before but not now. Closing will not be the end of the world and and upgraded facility may be able to get sponsorship and help rebuild a concert program.

  • FIVE YEARS?! To replace a stage? That seems like way too long, am I missing something?

  • If this what it takes to get acts the caliber of which were Bruce Springsteen and The Band to play there again, bring it on (Granted, the Band was on the verge of cannibalizing each other at that point). Look at what other cities are doing with unique concert settings and the acts they can get. Use of this venue for tourism/culture should be part of any future mayor’s plans. Has NPS thought of a public/private partnership?

  • Much needed.

  • Bring back the Shakespeare Free For All!!!!!!!

    • No way Shakespeare moves back to Carter Barron now that they’ve got the Harman Hall. Free For All still goes on at the Harman, and it lasts 2 weeks now.

  • justinbc

    I didn’t even know this existed, so maybe it’s a good thing.

    • Blithe

      So you neither attended a tennis match nearby nor lurked around the grounds when you couldn’t snag a ticket to hear Smokey? ( Said with an extravagantly dramatic sigh) I won’t ask where you hung out in high school back in the day when you told your parents you were “studying with a friend “. I also won’t ask where you first learned to drive. In any case, it was an awesome option, and I hope it will be one again.

  • This is beyond rediculous, how can this possibly be, I can run through 200k+ a month converting a row house to condos, whole project maybe 8 months, total budget around a 1 million, how can the government take 5 years and only 500k to fix a stage in an amplitheatre? They honestly believe it is going to be 100K a year for five years? What are they gonna hire a handyman to bill them time and material and only work 3 days a week. If it is five years of legitimate work, working like you are actually trying to get something done, it is at least 5million, if it’s half a million dollar project why would it take 5 years, that should be less than 6 months, and that isn’t counting that probably 1/3 of that budget is design and administrative. How is it that a government employee can look at this and think it in anyway makes sense. 500k sounds about right if a privately owned company were doing this, but that would be a renovation in 1 off season, no lost revenue, how can the government stretch something relatively simple over 5 years, and how can they think the can do anything for 5 years and have it cost 500k