Theater reuse project
I’m a student in Savannah College of Art and Design’s Historic Preservation program and for our Economics project we have to choose a historic building needing reuse, offer ideas, and do a feasibility study.
I chose a former church, but I feel it’d lend itself to reuse as a theater—it was built like an auditorium. (In fact, it had theater seats but both they and the church have seen better days). It’s big, 8000+ sq. ft. built to seat 900 just in the sanctuary and also has a basement w/a stage. From what I’ve seen on NATO’s site, that’s maybe too big by today’s standards? I’m thinking of dividing the sanctuary (it’ll be interesting; it’s an octagon) but I know there’d be a lot of work to be done after stabilizing and cleanup—equipment, blackout/sound drapes, new seats, etc.
Any advice on how many seats/dividing space? Soundproofing? How to slope the floor? ADA requirements? Anything special with the electrical system? bout how large a space would have to be set aside for equipment? Digital? Traditional (formats of?)? Both? Anything else I’ve missed?
Thanks for any advice you can give me!