Renaissance Square and More Theaters
One would hope that scrutiny would include both a clear vision for how the new theaters would be used, as well as what would happen to existing performing arts assets in the city.
Here are just a few of those assets, for the sake of discussion:
Geva Theatre Center, located in an historic hall on Woodbury Boulevard, has a 552-seat main stage and 180-seat "NextStage." Geva is one of the largest regional professional theaters outside New York. The NextStage was constructed within the last decade.
The Auditorium Theater on East Main Street, seats about 2,500 people for traveling Broadway shows sponsored by the Rochester Broadway Theater League. This venue was renovated three years ago.
Eastman Theater, the grandfather of all spaces downtown on Gibbs Street, has room for almost 3,100 people and also was just recently upgraded. The adjacent Kilbourn Hall has a capacity of 455.
Hochstein School of Music and Dance is able to put more than 850 people within 50 feet of its stage. This theater was restored in 1999.
Here's an even longer list of other performing spaces in and around our community.