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Paradise Remodeled: Pole Position

Posted by Sarah Rodman  August 24, 2010 03:17 PM

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rathe_paradise4_arts2.jpg[View of the Stage. GLOBE STAFF: JOANNE RATHE]

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[View From the Stage. GLOBE STAFF: JOANNE RATHE]

The newly renovated Paradise opens its doors next Wednesday and bands and fans alike will be glad to see among the host of changes, one major upgrade: the stage has been shifted 15 feet stage right so the infamous pole is no longer an obstacle.

"Sound Effects" got a sneak peek at the almost finished contruction and is happy to report that -- as you can see above-- the performance space now falls directly between the two support poles so well-known to Paradise patrons.  

There have been other tweaks aplenty including the demolishing of the stage level seating and mezzanine boxes, the moving of the box office back to the front of the venue, various safety measures, and a teardown of the stage right bar. (It's been moved under the balcony where the old band room used to be.)  This last piece is significant since it, hopefully, means no more feeling like cattle being herded down that long hallway between the entrance and the club at the end of the night.

Check out Sunday's Globe where we'll have more pictures and a rundown on other aspects of the remodeling of the venerated 33-year-old club.

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