Sprucing Up Sony Centre

The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto is getting a facelift in anticipation of the building’s 50th anniversary next fall.

Changes at the venue, designated a historical site by the city, are set to eliminate a handful of architectural details and restore the theatre’s wood, brass and marble, taking it back to its early look as the O’Keefe Centre in 1960.

Seating, flooring, restrooms, lobbies and mechanical and electrical systems will also receive upgrades.

Renovations are under way and the venue has been closed since June 2008.