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F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre installs new air purification system for entire building

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre installs new air purification system for entire building
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From a press release:

After being closed for more than a year due to COVID-19, the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre has announced the addition of a new air purification system for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that runs throughout the entire building.

The system, manufactured by Global Plasma Solutions and installed by Power Engineering Corporation, the Wilkes-Barre-based HVAC contractor for the building from the time it opened as the Comerford Theater in 1938, will remove contaminants from the air to improve indoor air quality, and it is ozone-free certified.

The Global Plasma Solutions air purification system works with the Kirby’s existing HVAC system, some parts of which originate with the building in 1938. The new purification system uses GPS’ ionization technology to safely clean the air everywhere in the building.

“The safety and health of our patrons, staff, and performers is of paramount importance to us as we prepare to reopen this summer,” said Drew Taylor, who was recently named the executive director of the Kirby Center.

“The Kirby Center has made a substantial investment to this end and, along with the adherence to the other CDC guidelines, we will be excited to reopen our doors to everyone and get back to what we do best – providing quality entertainment for everyone to enjoy in a beautiful and safe theater!”

The F.M. Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) is preparing to open its doors for classic film screenings on June 25-July 30 as well as live performances, including the Happy Together Tour on Aug. 9, Tedeschi Trucks on Aug. 18, Joe Nardone’s “Oh What a Night” of doo-wop legends on Sept. 11, Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter on Sept. 25, comedian Theo Von on Oct. 9, comic Jo Koy on Oct. 21, and Foreigner on Oct. 22, with additional entertainment to be announced soon.

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