Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, The Space Theatre

Denver, Colorado, USA

After 35 years, the Tony-winning DCPA Theatre Company needed a renovation of The Space Theatre—a 550-seat, theatre-in-the-round—to improve performance flexibility and intimacy. We reduced the orchestra-level seat count and simplified the balconies into one lower gallery, increasing audience-performer intimacy. The theatre’s seating was replaced and the five seating banks were upgraded with demountable platforms that can be removed to create additional staging areas. Over each of the five seating banks, stage manager positions were added so the production team can call a show from any side of the room. The theatre received new lighting, dimming, and data infrastructure, A/V upgrades, quieter HVAC systems, improved acoustic isolation, and re-routed audience circulation. The Space Theatre’s lobby that was previously shared with another theatre was redesigned into a distinct individual space including new and larger restrooms.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, The Space Theatre
Credit: David Lauer Photography
Owner

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Architect

Semple Brown Design

Acoustician

K-2 Audio

Users

DCPA Theatre Company

Seat count

416

Construction type

Renovation

Theatre type

Drama theatre, Regional theatre

Services

Concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2017

Venue website

denvercenter.org

Credit: David Lauer Photography
Credit: David Lauer Photography

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