Performing Space

Set on top of the former Tivoli Theatre's balcony, the new 270-seat theater house design uses the existing balcony's stepped concrete for its seating. Adding “shoulders” gives the house a more intimate scale. The stage floor has been placed under the main historic dome, and an aluminum lighting/rigging truss system defines the performance area. The dome, ceiling, and original proscenium remain visible, becoming an integral part of the theater aesthetics. The exposed historic decorative pilasters and infill panels will be relined with acoustical fabric. In contrast, the new walls are covered in bronze aluminum coiled drapery.

The lobby is an entirely new space formed by a new floor and tucked underneath the stage area. The vibrant design echoes the vitality of the theater company and the Latino creative spirit. A curved wall for art dominates the lobby, while the concessions bar creates a focal counterpoint within the space. In addition, GALA has built workshop space in the basement to expand its education and outreach programs.

Courtesy of SmithGroup, Inc.

GALA Theatre
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone:(202) 234-7174
Email: info@galatheatre.org
Tickets online: GALA Ticket Box
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