Wichita Falls’ Backdoor Theatre is now in a building that’s almost 100 years old, and it’s been a long time since it’s received some upgrades, but that’s about to change.
Over the next couple of years, there will be some major upgrades at the Backdoor Theatre that will help save money and allow the theatre to become more environmentally friendly.
Most of the technology for the air conditioning heating and electricity is from the 1970s.
There will be major upgrades done to all of those parts of the building as well as new toilets which will save water and installing solar panels on the roof.
The theatre’s business director said all this should save the theatre quite a bit of money.
“If our utilities are $25,000 a year, we fully expect to save $5,000 maybe as much as $10,000, a year depending on when we get the solar panels in,” Business Director David Cerreta said. “Just the efficiencies of modern air conditioning and heating will transform our utility costs.”
The money that’s saved from these upgrades will go back into the programs and productions at the theatre, possibly even adding more children’s programs.
Phase one of the going green project will kick off this week and they expect it to be completed by the end of the year with phase two starting next year.