UPDATED — The Tallgrass Film Festival used some of the Lux’s first-floor space at this and last year’s festivals, and now a couple of those areas are going to officially open to the public as event space.
Candela is the name for two areas that will be available to rent for parties, business meetings and other events at the Lux, which is at the northwest corner of First and Market.
There’s an auditorium that seats 200 and a hospitality room that has a stage and seats 80.
“It’s all original construction (and) architecture,” says Jeremy Luginbill of Lifeboat Creative. “We’re working to enhance the space.”
He says developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are having the rooms repainted and refurbished, but otherwise the spaces retain the midcentury modern feel of the 1953 building, which the Kansas Gas and Electric Co. built.
“KGE used to do presentations in the hospitality room of their gas ranges and other things,” Luginbill says.
He says there are about 300 lights in the auditorium in different tones.
“It’s just a unique lighting situation.”
Luginbill says that inspired the name Candela, which is a base unit of luminous intensity.