Pantages Theater Historic Renovation

Originally constructed in 1918, the Pantages Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As one of the oldest buildings in Tacoma, the theater is an important asset to the greater community and a popular entertainment venue in the downtown Theater District.

Korsmo Construction was hired by Tacoma Arts Live to complete significant and complex renovations that would allow the historic Pantages Theater to continue its longstanding contribution to Northwest performing arts.
The design-build project involved significant expansion of the stage and backstage areas, increased storage space, and a new green room and dressing rooms, allowing for quieter, more efficient backstage operations. The expansion of the stage also allows the theater to host a wider variety of performances.

The project added greater efficiency with new LED lighting and better acoustics with system control upgrades. To improve ADA accessibility, a center aisle was installed in the main floor seating area. The project also restored the theater’s original elegance with restored plaster elements, new paint, furnishings, and significant artistic detail. The work was performed on a very tight timeline to accommodate a strict performance schedule.

“They are smart and creative in their problem solving, always challenging the design team to find the best solution that will deliver high-functioning and cost-effective venues.”

— David Fischer, Executive Director, Tacoma Arts Live

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