The curtain rises on the latest additions to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando


The curtain rises on additions to the Arts Center

The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center unveiled Steinmetz Hall, an “acoustically perfect” concert hall, and will open Judson’s, a cabaret-style space, in May. The sites mark the completion of the 613 million dollars and 700,000 square feet. performing arts facility in downtown Orlando.

Steinmetz Hall, the building’s third theater, has a very quiet N1 sound rating – a feat made possible by the structure’s concrete frame and 400 rubber pads placed between the theater and its foundation that absorb and attenuate sound from the building. ‘outside. Other features – including cork floors, automated acoustic fabric curtains, and mechanized fabric panels inside the ceiling – also help direct and filter sound. Movable seating, floors and walls allow the space to transform into different configurations to accommodate a variety of performances and events.

Steinmetz Hall is the first major performing arts venue to open in the United States since the pandemic began in 2020.


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