Robinson Center and Music Hall to get Facelift

The Robinson Center and Music Hall will soon be getting a facelift. The Little Rock Convention and Visitor Bureau has announced a Request for Qualifications for architectural services to renovate the center.

LRCVB says it wants to improve the "function, acoustics and aesthetics, creating a state-of-the-art performance and conference facility".

"We are very excited about this project. Robinson Center has long been an icon in Little Rock and has served the community and our region very well over the past 70+ years. However, it is in desperate need of upgrades and renovations in order to become the performing arts center that our city deserves." said Gretchen Hall, President and CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LRCVB says it anticipates that additions will be constructed on the north and west sides of the building to provide additional meeting and conference space. And that the building's exterior will undergo restoration.

Built in 1937, the center is named for Joseph T. Robinson, a former governor, U. S. representative and U. S. senator. In its past Robinson has hosted such notable entertainers as Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld.

Officials say the renovation will likely take place in the summer of 2014, and will take a couple of years to complete.