Paper Mill Playhouse is Transformed in 90 days by Stewart Jones

Nothing beats the challenge of an fixed budget and SCHEDULE! The Paper Mill had a window of 90 days to redo it’s auditorium. New seats, carpet, balcony fascia decorative treatment, lighting, railings, lighting positions, sound and lighting concealed cabling, new wood column covers, etc, were all part of the scope.

The contractor - Frankoski Construction - got all in order before the doors closed so work could begin immediately. Fisher Dachs Associates and Akustiks were the theater and acoustical consultants respectively. Ducharme supplied the new luxurious seats.

Enjoy the timelapse video!

A New Era of Theater by James Akers

In order to survive our current culture of streaming entertainment and instant satisfaction, the role of theaters—like libraries before them—has quietly morphed into something new and as yet indeterminate. Like frogs in slow boiling water, few have been prescient enough to see the change in time to address it, but all have felt it by now. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that through experimentation, leadership, and sometimes dumb luck, a range of vibrant options has evolved over time for putting these historic houses back to work, making live performance and real-time community more central to our culture than ever.

Jones Architecture has been in the vanguard on the reinvention of the classic American theater house, contributing to new knowledge about renovating them for an unpredictable future and a dynamic cultural present.

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