Tips on Creating More Space in Your Theatre

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Specialty Theatre, a division of Specialty Group Pty Ltd, has provided tips for theatres on how to create more space in small venues.

“The more seats you can sell, the more profitable your theatre; however, you need to have enough space so that your patrons are comfortable," said Jim Dodd, Business Development at Specialty Theatre

According to the leading theatre equipment supplier, most theatres struggle with a lack of space in their venues: trying to find the balance between creating a functioning performance space and having enough room for patrons to make it commercially viable.

“The more seats you can sell, the more profitable your theatre; however, you need to have enough space so that your patrons are comfortable. First time venue designers soon realise it isn’t as simple as just cramming more people in. Good sight lines and traffic flow are essential elements for a successful, well laid-out theatre,” said Jim Dodd, Business Development at Specialty Theatre.

Specialty Theatre has provided the following tips on how to create more space in your theatre:

1.    Use tiered seating. In crowded cities, they build upwards, not outwards - the same principle should be applied to small theatre venues. Good quality tiered risers will comply with all the building standards for grandstand seating, and are easy to install, reconfigure or take down.

2.    Use 'move and store' carts. These special carts can store extra audience seating until it is required, freeing up much-needed space.

3.    Extend your stage using orchestra pit fillers. Orchestra pit fillers are custom designed to the exact specifications of your venue’s orchestra pit and have a unique column-beam design to maximise storage capacity below. Pit fillers also help with acoustics: the honeycomb deck construction has a dampening effect that lessens the “drumhead” effect on the stage. The end result is a perfectly integrated, quiet surface that conforms to all fire and safety regulations.

“Flexible solutions like tiered seating, move and store carts and orchestra pit fillers are invaluable when you’re planning how to make the most out of your theatre space,” said Jim Dodd.

About Specialty Group Pty Ltd: Since 1969, Specialty Group has been providing theatre, stage and cinema equipment and services to the performing arts and cinema exhibition industries in Australia, New Zealand and 28 countries around the world. Specialty Group operates under the Specialty Theatre (http://www.specialtytheatre.com) and Specialty Cinema (http://www.specialtycinema.com) brand names.

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