The Fitzgerald Theater, which seats 1,058, is one of those treasures of theater construction known as a "two-balcony dramatic house," of which only a few remain across the country. The physical arrangement of its interior affords near-perfect acoustics and sight-lines. Audiences are provided a unique sense of intimacy as no seat is farther than 87 feet from the stage.
The lobby opens to a beautiful Beaux Arts interior with red plush seats that are of a hue found only in elegant theaters of the same era. Eight opera boxes curve gently toward the stage, each backed by a privacy curtain made from the same burgundy velour used to make the stage curtain.
The proscenium rises 30 feet and measures 36 feet from edge to edge - its arch, like the opera boxes, is finished with ornate plasterwork and glittering gold leaf. The stage floor, constructed with the resilience essential to dance performances, measures 35 feet from proscenium arch to back wall. A fixed orchestra pit is located 8 feet below stage level. In addition, an orchestra pit filler is available which will increase seating to 1,058. A dock with double load-in doors accommodates traveling Broadway sets or modern television equipment. From the stage, an actor can see the pipes of the theater's own Mighty Wurlitzer, a three-manual theater organ that was generous gift from Meridth P. McQuire in 2007.
Backstage carries its own legend - John Barrymore is said to have signed his name to the wall of one of the five dressing rooms. The performers' quarters now accommodate up to 32 people and provide a shower room, a green room, and a rehearsal space.
The theater is capable of handling a wide range of events from teleconferenced business meetings to staged theatrical presentations. There is an extensive array of lighting and sound equipment in place and ready for your needs. What sets the Fitzgerald Theater apart is its recording and radio broadcast capabilities.
From front-of-house to backstage, the Fitzgerald Theater is staffed with professionals who know that any presentation is both business and art. With a full-service Box Office, a friendly usher staff, and professional stage hands, this theater pleases your audience from first impression to final curtain. Whether it's a sales meeting or a classical music concert, the Fitzgerald Theater will turn any event into a performance.