ABQ Warehouse District

February 15, 2011

Traverse Theater

Filed under: Theatre Precedents — celladdition @ 5:26 am

Traverse Theater (E.Chinana)

Architect: Groves-Raines Architects

Location: Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Scotland

Completed: 1992

Cost: £3.3 million

The Traverse Theatre is a two theater space with an award winning bar and café created as part of Saltire Court.  It is an adaptive reuse project.

Traverse 1 is the larger space with flexible seating that can be moved to create many different configurations (e.g. transverse, end on, in the round, etc.). The most common configuration is ‘end on’ and has 216 seats.

Traverse 2 is the smaller studio space and is considered the black box theater. New flexible seating was installed in September 2005 to allow for 5 different staging configurations and the average capacity is approximately 100 seats.  Seating arrangement can be be

either the acting area is down the middle of the space, audience sits facing acting area from two sides, Cross Traverse: the stage is similar, but in the shape of a cross. To maintain a flexible space the designers created an intricate grid of beams and girders to support a building above, lighting and mechanical.

Program in Section


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