In the heart of Midtown’s Arts Center District, construction crews are working quickly to overhaul the Alliance Theatre in preparation for its 50th anniversary.
The project is being funded as part of a $110-million initiative to include the theater renovation, new learning spaces, pre-performance spaces, and more inviting public spaces for visitors. The cash will also fund endowments and an array of programs.
Kickstarted by a $38-million grant back in 2014, the project has been a long road as crews pealed back the layers on the 1960s-era space.
Photos of interior work, showing the construction of new balconies, have been revealed through the Instagram account belonging to Victor W. Smith, the director of production for the Alliance.
The scale of the work is impressive, with small cranes positioned in the basement of the building, below what will ultimately become the main seating floor.
Once complete next year, the theater will be unrecognizable from its former self.
The team at Trahan Architects has created a sweeping new space, with wooden balconies curving and hugging the perimeters of the theater. A mockup shows the unique design.
Expect work to wrap up this fall, with shows returning to the Woodruff Arts Center campus for the theater’s big anniversary.