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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