The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The Smith Center is a world-class performing arts center that helps develop and present talented artists across a broad range of performance types. The venue can host Broadway shows, world-class concerts, as well as support local artists. The design team visited the greatest venues around the world including those in Paris, Vienna, and Milan to gather inspiration for what would become The Smith Center.
The complex includes three performance halls in two buildings. Reynolds Hall houses a world-class theater seating 2,056 in an intimate half-circle arrangement inspired by the great European opera houses. A companion building houses the 250-seat Cabaret Jazz theatre and the Troesh Studio Theater, as well as the Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education which is dedicated to education and outreach efforts. Walter P Moore isolated the entire structure from ambient noise and ground-borne vibrations from a nearby railroad with a special sub-basement foundation.
As with other performing arts venues designed by the firm, Walter P Moore’s structural system for Smith Center was specifically developed to serve the functional layout. Two of the four main theatre support columns were transferred to provide open spaces at the lower levels.