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Molloy College Madison Theater

The largest single space in the new “Public Square” at Molloy College is the 575-seat Madison Theater. BRB worked closely with Charles Cosler Theater Design and Shen Milsom Wilke (acoustic and AV) to create one of the premier venues for music and theater on Long Island.

The steeply pitched orchestra and balconies provide excellent sight lines and the relationship of the performers and audiences is very intimate. The large volume and acoustic drapery permit acoustic variation from a hall meant for speech, to one for acoustic music.

The steep rake of the seating and the inclusion of a balcony level insure that seats are as close as possible to the stage. “Finger” balconies further enhance the sense of intimacy, allowing a few seats great proximity to the stage and articulating the interior of the theater.

The fully-rigged stage features deployable shell ceilings, right and left vertically telescoping shell walls and an up-stage shell wall with sliding entry doors. For theatrical performances, a full complement of masking draperies, scrim and cyclorama are provided as well as full power and data distribution to catwalks, box booms, balcony rail, and stage electric pipes that terminates in a dimmer-per-circuit system. The architectural lighting features recessed perimeter coves with full-range dimmable fluorescent sources, energy efficient halogen down lighting, and back-stage work and running lights - all controlled by an architectural memory system.

The Madison Theater is supported by rehearsal spaces, a MIDI lab, dressing rooms, a set and building shop. The Theater serves the curricular needs of both the Theater and Music Departments, as well as providing outreach to the surrounding community.