Lee Chapel Auditorium to Close Temporarily for Technology Upgrades Those who wish to visit the Lee Chapel Museum between Jan. 22 and Feb. 9 may enter through the main museum entrance on the side of the chapel.
The Lee Chapel auditorium will be closed to the public from Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Feb. 9 for the installation of new technology that will better equip the space for lectures and other events. The Lee Chapel Museum will remain open during this period.
Lucy Wilkins, director of University Collections and Lee Chapel and Museum, said the auditorium is getting a new projection system with a retractable screen that will descend from behind the arch on the stage. It will not impact the statue of the recumbent Lee. The projector will be installed in the balcony, but will not impede views from balcony seats or of the balcony itself from the space below.
The new projection system will allow lecturers to incorporate video and images, including PowerPoint presentations, into their talks. It will also allow them to control those visuals from the stage. Previously, the university has had to rent equipment for many events in Lee Chapel, so these upgrades will save money over the long run, Wilkins said.
The auditorium will also get a brand new audio system complete with multiple microphone hook-ups. This will be especially helpful to university videographers as they Livestream events that feature more than one speaker.
The upcoming work has been approved by the university architect and the Historic Preservation and Archaeological Conservation Advisory Committee, Wilkins said.
Those who wish to visit the Lee Chapel Museum between Jan. 22 and Feb. 9 may enter through the main museum entrance on the side of the chapel.