The commitment will enable the performing arts center to complete the restoration of the theater, which was badly damaged by fire in 1964. Renovations during the 1980s were incomplete and left the lobby with a contemporary look rather than its original 1921 design. As part of the restoration project, during which the theater will continue to operate, the current lobby walls will be removed to expose the original structure and murals and fireplaces will be recreated to match those that had been lost.
"Playhouse Square is one of Cleveland’s great success stories," said Gund Foundation executive director David Abbott. "This gift...helps ensure that Clevelanders will continue to enjoy the arts and cultural programs that take place in its beautifully restored theaters for years to come."