St Petersburg, Florida
First opened in the 1960s as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment Complex, the Mahaffey Theatre has hosted sensational national and international artistic performances throughout its 50 years. Located in the vibrant downtown of St. Petersburg, Florida, the venue is part of the cultural fabric of the city, operating alongside such institutions as the Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The c1965, 2,300-seat Mahaffey Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts had previously received a multi-million dollar front-of-house lobby renovation in 2002-2004. In order to accommodate a new program of touring Broadway and expanded symphonic performances, Martinez+Johnson Architecture was engaged to create a phased program of expansion and rehabilitation of back-of-house areas and systems to meet these demands.
M+J’s scope of work first focused on the back-of-house support areas, an expansion of the loading and off-stage storage spaces, and the dressing facilities. Additionally, the work is intended to facilitate theatre operations and the patron experience with an implementation schedule phased to accommodate symphonic and touring Broadway performances without closing the hall. In addition to back-of-house, efforts include improvements to the lighting and rigging systems, modifications to the extant orchestra shell and its storage location, alterations to audio control centers in the audience chamber, and additions to the seating capacity in the side boxes.