by Amy Keller
Updated 2 yearss ago
Curtain Rises on Arts Center Additions
The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center has unveiled Steinmetz Hall, an “acoustically perfect” concert hall, and will debut Judson’s, a cabaret-style space, in May. The venues mark the completion of the $613-million, 700,000-sq.-ft. performing arts facility in downtown Orlando.
Steinmetz Hall, the building’s third theater, has a dead-quiet, N1 sound rating — a feat made possible by the structure’s concrete frame and 400 rubber pads placed between the theater and its foundation that absorb and deaden noise from outside. Other features — including cork floors, automated acoustic fabric curtains and mechanized fabric panels inside the ceiling — also help to direct and filter sound. Movable seating, floors and walls allow the space to transform to different configurations to accommodate a variety of performances and events.
Steinmetz Hall is the first major performing arts venue to open in the U.S. since the pandemic began in 2020.
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