Prominent theatres and concert halls in London

1. Barbican Centre

2. London Palladium

3. National Theatre

4. Theatre Royal, Drury Land

5. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

6. Royal Albert Hall

7. Queen’s Theatre

8. London Palladium

9. Royal Court Theatre

10. New London Theatre

Not pictured: Globe Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, Apollo Victoria Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Adelphi Theatre, Savoy Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Palace Theatre, The Old Vic, Victoria Palace Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Novello Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Haymarket Theatre, Playhouse Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Duchess Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Dominion Theatre

The Criterion Theater in Oklahoma City.  Photo taken circa 1929, from the collection of the Oklahoma Historical Society.  Urban renewal was this movie palace’s demise:  “The story of the Criterion Theater is a much clearer, more damning indictment against short-sighted urban planning. The theater was still a viable venue, having drawn lines for first-run movies as late as 1968. The building was torn down in 1973 to make way for a Century Center Mall that was never a viable operation.“  (source)


It was World Theatre Day yesterday! Here is a study of the earliest treatise on the Structure of Theatres by Fabrizio Carini Motta, the architect and scene designer of the Court of Mantua in 1676.

The text also includes the original Trattato sopra la struttura de theatri e scene di Fabricio Carini Motta.

Edward Craig. Baroque Theatre Construction. Bledlow Press, 1982. Call No. NA6840.I7C37   

Our major assignment for the summer semester was to design a theatre on an existing site in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They probably could not have chosen a more complicated building at a time when no one really wanted to be in school, but somehow we made it through.

There are many considerations in my scheme but these are the basics. The theatre itself is a rectangular structure with the other rooms arranged in a round building surrounding it. There is a bar at the street and a courtyard for outdoor seating and small performances. For larger performances the audience circles around to the second floor lobby and enters the audience chamber from the rear. Attached are some of the graphics from my final presentation last week. In order of appearance:

1. Plans for levels one to three.
2. The big moves I made to get to my final form.
3. A photomontage of the neighbourhood with my proposed elevation inserted (ie. the frontal view).
4. A section (cut) through the theatre chamber and courtyard.
5. A section from the back of the theatre looking at the path from the street to the audience chamber.