Major renovations, alterations planned for Cleveland’s Allen Theatre
CLEVELAND, OH — Saved (barely) from the wrecking ball in 1993, and renovated for Broadway touring shows in 1998, the 1921 Allen Theatre, designed by C. Howard Crane, may soon be converted into a new home for Cleveland’s Playhouse and Cleveland State University’s theater programs. The proposal would significantly reduce the seating in the main auditorium to barely a fifth of its current 2,500, alter the rake of the floor, extend the lobby into the seating area currently under the balcony, and make significant changes to balcony level seating. Most architectural details would be preserved, though some would be partially obscured by new acoustical panels. Two additional black box theaters would be constructed adjacent to the Allen. There is a comprehensive article, including pictures and sketches of the additions and alterations, here and a timeline of the Allen’s history here.