The Walnut Street Theatre has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1809 – providing theater-goers with live entertainment in its historic main theater space, as well as two additional smaller studios on the upper levels. In May 2019, the organization announced a new $39 million expansion project to begin in 2020. The expansion has been themed The Future Lives Here and has been aimed to address the growing needs of the community that the Walnut Street Theatre serves. The expansion will include a renovated lobby and box office, additional space for education programs, two state-of-the-art rehearsal halls, a public restaurant, and a 400-seat theatre-in the-round, which will be the first of its kind in the region. With the new expansion the Walnut Street Theater plans to add over 35,000 square feet to help stay ahead of its continued growth. If you would like to learn more about the Walnut Street Theatre expansion, take a look at their website here.
As most theater productions go – we’ve been “rehearsing” this role since 2015 when JKRP Architects brought us onboard as the acoustical consultant for the Walnut Street Theatre expansion. We designed the interior room acoustics for the theater and two rehearsal halls by using a combination of absorptive, reflective, and diffusive acoustical finishes. We specially designed numerous hidden acoustical solutions that patrons won’t be able to see directly, but without proper design, they would have heard directly! This work included sound isolation between adjacent spaces including the lobby, theater, and rehearsal halls. We also designed the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system noise and vibration control within the building.
When the curtain rises for its first performance – Metropolitan Acoustics will proudly give a standing ovation!