Crosstown Concourse, Crosstown Theater

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. 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 Crosstown Arts had the infrastructure to easily cycle through multiple types of events, we specified a robust package of theatre equipment 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, Crosstown Theater
Credit: Jamie Harmon
Credit: Jamie Harmon
Credit: Jamie Harmon

Crosstown LLC


Looney Ricks Kiss | Spatial Affairs Bureau




Local and regional arts groups, touring performances

Seat count


Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Flexible theatre, Community


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



Venue website

Credit: Jamie Harmon
Credit: Jamie Harmon
Crosstown Concourse, Crosstown Theater
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