Chase Center, Small Theatre

San Francisco, California, USA

Theatre Projects helped provide flexibility within the new home of the Golden State Warriors—an 18,000-seat arena—to allow a portion of the venue to be sectioned off and converted into an elegant setting for live music, award shows, and theatrical performances. Although most arena concerts utilize the narrow end of the space, we rotated the configuration of the venue—known as the Small Theater—to the long side of the arena. This provides better sightlines and more fixed seats, boxes, and suites (as opposed to standing on a flat floor). The conversion from cavernous arena to intimate live event venue begins with the efficient deployment of high-finish side walls that contain banners, LED displays, and architectural lighting. The arena’s scoreboard retracts and a motorized overhead gantry system slides into place below it for safe rigging of performance and AV equipment. After a portable stage and full proscenium are suspended in place, the seamless transformation is complete, and the bay area’s only venue in the 2,000- 5,000-seat range is ready to rock! 

Chase Center, Small Theatre
Credit: MANICA Architecture, courtesy of Chase Center
Credit: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Credit: Jason O'Rear Photography

Golden State Warriors


MANICA Architecture | Kendall/Heaton Associates | Gensler (interior architect)


Golden State Warriors, touring groups and rentals

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New construction

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Concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification



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Chase Center, Small Theatre
Credit: Jason O'Rear Photography/Chase Center

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