Need More Ladies Restrooms? / by Stewart Jones

The NY Times reported that London Theatres are in the mist of many renovations to add loo’s

 It is usually the first comment from theater operators when a project begins.

 Virtually all buildings prior to any restorations or new construction in the 80’s, were short on restroom fixture counts. Very particularly the ladies count. Building codes didn’t address this issue until later.

 One of the interesting analysis is the ratio of men to woman at performances. We typically find a 60/40 ladies to men average attendance. This is important in generating more fixtures for the ladies. In general, it is now expected that the ladies have twice as many fixtures as the men.

 I have a little history here. All these projects increased their toilet count:

 Ohio Theatre, Columbus Ohio

By adding a sidecar addition which included more lobby space and concessions

The New Victory Theater, NYC

            By adding or returning the front stoop / stair which provided space below for restrooms connected to new lobby

New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

            By utilizing the neck of the building (the theater fronts 41st street, and the neck extends the entrance to 42nd street)                    

Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu HI

            By squeezing space out of the existing to get a few more stalls

France Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore MD

            By adding public space to both sides of the original theatre

Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY

            By adding public space in the basement below the orchestra

Hudson Theatre, NYC

By adding public space in former mechanical / office space above lobby neck, and expanding the ladies room in the basement serving the orchestra level.


David H Koch Theater