Artist Rendoring of Renovations 2020
Artist Rendering 1974 2013
630 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
Groundbreaking for one of the finest community theatre structures in America was on June 3, 1973 after a two-year campaign to raise funds to open the building debt free. Opening night on May 1, 1975 welcomed a full house to the production of My Fair Lady and the beginning of a new era for Theatre Memphis.
There are two performance venues that are host to 11 productions annually. The proscenium Lohrey Stage now seats 413 and the black box Next Stage can seat up to 110, both are wheelchair accessible. Both have state of the art equipment for sound and lighting. With a cater kitchen, rehearsal hall and lobby space, rental of areas are possible when there is no conflict with a scheduled production or event. An expansion project was completed in 1985 that added a full rehearsal hall, staff office space, additional restrooms, a meeting room/library and a production shop ten times the size of the original shop.
After inititating a SHINE ON construction and endowment capital campaign, in 2020 a planned shutdown for renovations enabled us to expand and revisualize our facility with 21 restrooms (up from 8), expanded concession service areas, enlarged common areas and a dedicated Will Call office. We also added even more additional production shop space and created a new cater kitchen to service events.