Abandoned 1920s cinema in Los Angeles becomes the new Apple Store

Tower Theatre was the first theatre in Los Angeles to be wired for showing motion pictures with sound, but it has been shut down since 1988. Foster + Partners worked with the technology company to renovate the historic building, which was originally designed by American architect S Charles Lee in 1927 in the baroque revival style. The renovation was made in a collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and expert preservationists. Inside, a grand entry hall designed in the style of Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera House, complete with bronze handrails and…

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Stufish social distanced vertical theatre (demountable, Coronavirus)

Socially distanced Vertical Theatre heralds “new era of performance venues”

Architecture studio Stufish has revealed its concept for a socially-distanced vertical theatre, which was created in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The concept was created for the recently formed The Vertical Theatre Group, which was founded by entertainment architects Stufish along with several theatre directors and producers. Named the Vertical Theatre, it aims to be a pop-up venue for the “new era of performance venues” while social distancing regulations are in place and once the pandemic has passed. “Initially, the concept was about keeping the arts alive by creating a venue that could ‘pop up’ in cities around the country…

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