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Avon Theatre

Stratford, Ontario






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DLIA designed, in joint venture with Marklevitz Architect of Stratford, the renovations to the Avon Theatre for the Stratford Festival of Canada - the largest arts organization in Canada and the 2nd largest in North America.

The renovation provides new sightlines to the proscenium stage, which has been moved back under the opening, creating an expanded orchestra pit. A false proscenium serves as a backdrop for a new cartouche to be mounted high above centre stage. DLIA's design for the front of house is a complete renovation, creating a new presence for the theatre in the downtown area. A front wall of granite, echoing but updating the theatre's earlier days, is punctuated by new glazed openings, with a glazed marquee announcing the main entrance to the theatre on Downie Street. The George Street elevation is glazed from the Main Lobby to the Upper Lobby animating the street and creating a sense of theatricality for arriving and mingling patrons. The construction budget was $9,700,000.00. Opening night was May 28, 2002, as part of the celebrations for the Festival's 50th year.








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