Hibbing Community Celebrates High School Auditorium Restoration

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 19, 2018 10:51 PM

HIBBING - The Hibbing community celebrated the restoration of the Hibbing High School auditorium on Wednesday night.

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The two phase restoration project first began last June and wrapped up in October. 

There are now all new improvements to the stage with new lighting and sound systems. There are also upgrades to the seats with new fabric and wood.

The auditorium first opened back in 1924, and Hibbing High School Tour Guide Craig Hattam says the work done then says a lot about the history of Hibbing.

"It shows the amount of wealth Hibbing had at one time, it shows the opportunity that mining gave people from here at one time," said Hattam. "It gave skilled and talented people the opportunity to get started somewhere," he said.

Before the restoration, the seats were torn and there was chipped paint on the walls, which is why Hattam says the improvements were needed.

"The room was looking worn out, the seat covers hadn't been replaced in a very long time. The drapes in the back of the room, if you pulled on one I think the whole drapery would come down," said Hattam.

The restoration project was funded in part with a grant from the MN Historical Society, along with district capital and bonding funds.

In total, it cost about $3 million.


Ryan Juntti

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