Technical Study: Boulevard Theatre, Soho

Boulevard Theatre

Thomas Lane finds out how Soda Studio turned tricks with a tiny space to create a supremely flexible theatre

A single press on a button on a control panel is all it takes to start the process of turning the auditorium in Soho’s new Boulevard Theatre from a nightclub into a fashion show venue. Press the button again and the catwalk morphs into a theatre ready for a performance. The space can also be transformed into a venue for conferences, live music, presentations and film screenings.

The technology behind this chameleon-like space is believed to be a world first. The theatre features a revolving auditorium with a floor that can be configured to accommodate a range of options, including completely flat for a cabaret, tiered for a theatre performance or traverse for a catwalk. The auditorium includes balcony seating that revolves to suit the specific use too. The various configurations are pre-programmed, making changing the space for different functions straightforward. The lighting is also pre-programmed to automatically change direction, colour and intensity depending on the auditorium configuration.

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