Crosstown Concourse

Project Location: Memphis, TN USA

Client Name: Crosstown LLC

Project Name: Crosstown Concourse

Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss | Spatial Affairs Bureau

Theatre Consultant: Theatre Projects

Project Year: 2018

Project Size: ~420 seat Flexible Theater

Project Cost: -

The adaptive reuse of the 1,300,000-square-foot historic Sears building (1927), through a remarkable collaboration of a non-profit arts-based organization with regional and national partners has led to the creation of Crosstown Concourse, a dynamic “vertical urban village” of residential, commercial, retail, health and wellness, arts and culture, and education. A new flexible ~420-seat theatre was developed to support Crosstown Concourse and the surrounding Memphis community. The theater can transform from endstage to flat floor using retractable seating risers and a seating pit, and is fitted with a fly system and adjustable acoustics to support a range of programs from film, drama, live music, dance, and lectures. Akustiks provided the acoustical design of the theater and worked closely with a local artist – Ben Butler to develop a unique acoustical diffusion solution of hand-cut raw poplar wood that can be seen throughout the theater. Akustiks also provided a comprehensive audio and video design solution to support the full range of programs envisioned by Crosstown Concourse.

CROSSTOWN ARTS 2018 from Crosstown Arts on Vimeo.

Kafé Kirk at Crosstown Theater with Kirk Whalum, Kameron Whalum & Kortland Whalum from Crosstown Arts on Vimeo.

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