Lucas Theatre for the Arts

This 1920’s theatre was neglected and deteriorating before it was rescued by a local non-profit organization. The goals were simple: save the architecturally significant building, modernize all safety, environmental, and performing systems, and return it to its original use as a center for performing arts.

The project was completed in three phases – exterior facade, interior demolition and interior renovation. All major building systems were replaced, and decorative interior treatments were fully restored. FDA updated accessibility and theatrical infrastructure, inconspicuously weaving the new technical systems into the structure’s historic fabric. The lighting design reflects the original multiple sources and colors that fade and build as part of the patron experience. A totally new marquis shelters patrons, and the facade’s exterior lighting makes the Lucas a permanent part of Savannah’s night life.

The total building area is approximately 27,750 square feet and the building has a seating capacity of approximately 1,400. Its location in Savannah’s Historic District, immediately off Broughton Street, forms the most important piece of Savannah’s planned theatre district.

  • Client: The Lucas Theatre
  • Architect: Forrest Lott
  • Completion Year: 2001
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Building Size: 27,750 s.f.
  • Capacity: 1,400 seats


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