Nestled in the ground floor and first parking level of a new 12-storey condominium in Leslieville, Crow’s Theatre is designed to be a versatile facility that will house three venues for cultural and neighbourhood programming and events: a 3,000 sq.ft., 200-seat, multi-configurational theatre; a 1,400 sq.ft. studio space for rehearsals, intimate performances, and community programming; and a 2,500 sq.ft. open concept lobby with a supporting gallery bar and café.
Special attention to soundproofing details were required to overcome the acoustical challenges of sharing the performance venue’s new home with the building’s residential population. One of the first arts facilities to receive funds through Section 37, the agreement allows the City to approve the increased density and height in exchange for the benefits the new cultural hub will offer to the community. For a third of the year the hub will offer theatre – for the other two-thirds it will be available for community activities. Crow’s Theatre will adopt a unique model for a venue of this type by integrating revenue generating features in the facility’s design, and also offer low cost tickets in light of limited public funding.