Chapter 1Theater Buildings

This is a book about the planning and construction of buildings for live entertainment. It’s about how theater buildings come into being. But not just theater buildings—also concert halls, opera houses, casino showrooms, and other related building types.

If we are part of a theater company—a manager, director, technician, or actor—we go to the theater to prepare a performance. If we are members of the public, we go to experience the performance. A theater is animated by its inhabitants and truly comes alive in performance. But theater buildings have an existence separate from their inhabitants—before they are occupied and even before they are built. Long before the first performance takes place, an owner decides to ...

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