By hosting virtual events and keeping the lines of communication open with patrons, today’s theaters are doing an admirable job weathering the Covid-19 pandemic. But there’s no getting around the fact that contemporary performing arts venues are likely in for a lengthy shutdown. This is due to their size and the inherent risk to audience members, theater staff, and performers alike.
Still, the shutdown does come with at least one opportunity. For those looking to build, the timing couldn’t be better. If you’re in the planning stages, the trend is toward flexible spaces capable of drawing different sources of funding/support. The goal is to find more ways to reach new audiences.
In design terms, today’s theaters are evolving from a stage plus lounge model to one that offers adjacent rooms for events, lectures, music, and experimental performances. They’re also adaptable, allowing for flat lines as well as graduated seating options, making it possible for applications, such as workshops, classes, and events capable of bringing in new revenue streams.
Finally, with the growing role of technology, it’s important to consider how multi-media experiences can be integrated.
If you’re looking to build a performing arts space, Irwin has over century of experience collaborating with theaters on seating options. We love a good challenge. Before the curtains finally go up, our teams can help you create an immersive experience, complete with:
- Fixed, telescopic, and modular seating options
- Customizable solutions to meet your aesthetic
- Smart, multi-media and experiential options
- Choices of materials, shapes, colors
- Seating that offers flat or raised sightlines based on the space
- Durable seating that is easy to clean, move, and store
- Guidance on proper cleaning solutions and maintenance procedures
When theater season finally arrives, patrons will not only be looking for a comfortable, accommodating seat, but also peace of mind. Reach out to Irwin. We’ll share our latest thinking, including strategies for keeping your audience, staff, and performers safe. No matter the need, we’re here to help.