By MATTHEW LANE
KINGSPORT — The planetarium at Bays Mountain Park will soon be getting a significant upgrade. Consider it Planetarium 2.0.
Earlier this month, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the funding for an improvement project for the planetarium theater.
The $1.2 million project calls for replacing the old digital projectors with new ones, performing maintenance on the star projector (the large device that resembles a dumbbell in the center of the room), installation work and the replacement of the seat covers and cushions.
Planetarium Director Adam Thanz said the plan is to begin pulling stuff out of the theater around the first of the year and to close the planetarium for two and a half months while the renovations and upgrades are taking place.
“It’s the natural progression of what needs to occur, mainly because the digital equipment that’s in the theater is well past its lifetime,” Thanz said. “This (project) is providing not…