Crosstown Concourse

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

The 1.5 million square foot Crosstown Concourse is an adaptive reuse of a 10-story Sears distribution center into a vertical urban village. The mixed-use complex comprises a vast and disparate program that includes a YMCA, art galleries, restaurants, brewery, farmers market, charter school, healthcare facilities, retail stores, a hotel, apartments, and a flexible 417-seat theatre—all under one roof. The theatre—a new addition to the refurbished building—can transform from endstage to flat floor using retractable seating risers and a seating pit. To ensure the theatre had the infrastructure to easily cycle through multiple event types, we specified a robust package of theatre equipment including 20 counterweight line sets, five catwalks, and adjustable acoustic devices. We future-proofed the theatre by providing infrastructure for both LED and incandescent lights and designing structural support and a distributed control system for chain motor hoists and other rigging equipment. The intimate theatre is ideal for film, drama, live music, dance, and lectures, and it enhances Crosstown’s mission to strengthen communities and unite people through the arts.

Crosstown Concourse
Credit: Courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss
Credit: Courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss
Credit: Courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss
Owner

Crosstown LLC

Architect

Looney Ricks Kiss | Special Affairs Bureau | DIALOG

Acoustician

Akustiks

Users

Local and regional arts groups, touring performances

Seat count

417

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Flexible theatre, Community

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2018 est.

Venue website

crosstownconcourse.com/

Crosstown Concourse
Credit: Theatre Projects