Washington Theatre, Quincy, Illinois, 2006
One of the best little art towns in America, Quincy lies on the banks of the Mississippi in West Central Illinois and is known for its historic residential architecture. The City currently owns the historic Washington Theater, which served as a vaudeville and movie house until its closure about twenty years ago.
The Washington Theater Redevelopment Commission, a special ad-hoc committee of the city of Quincy, retained Janis Barlow and Dulcie Gilmore in 2005 at the suggestion of theatre preservation architect Killis Almond, FAIA, to undertake the market, needs and business-planning phase of a feasibility study for the historic Washington Theater (circa 1927; seating approximately 1,200).
Although Quincy is well served by a contemporary community theatre seating 500 and an historic high school auditorium seating 2,000, the team discovered that the Washington Theater could serve a previously unidentified need for a regional presenting facility, a mid-sized place of public assembly and downtown historic interpretive centre.
Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, Virginia, 1997
The Beacon Theatre is a 750 seat historic theatre with a storefront property. It has been closed for almost two decades.
Together with Killis Almond, Jr., AIA Architect, Janis A. Barlow undertook a preliminary feasibility study in 1997 of market conditions, potential program options and an operating business plan. Designs and cost estimates were provided for front-of-house, backstage and lobby renovations and additions to be developed on a phased basis.
Retained by a preservation rather than an arts group, the consultants orchestrated site visits to the Barter, the Paramount and the Lincoln theatres in Virginia to educate the client group with respect to programming choices, project development options, operational issues and the need for a professional executive director to execute the business plan.
Killis Almond is currently completing an architectural master plan based on schematics developed in the feasibility study phase.