The Calvin Simmons Theater
Named after Calvin Simmons, the first African-American conductor of a major orchestra, this historic theater will be turned into a community performance space.
Designed as a multiple venue house, both the Theatre and Arena were designed to share the same stage. Seismic upgrades in the early '80s created a shear wall which disconnected the Arena from the stage. The large, beige wall seen in this picture is a fire wall that was once raised and lowered for performances.
Currently, the CST is a 1,900 seat house.
Historic plans show that the ornate, diamond-grid patterned arches, which flank both sides of the stage, were designed as a pipe organ loft.
Calvin Simmons Theatre is a traditional "hemp house." That is, the stage's backdrops are manually operated using a system of ropes, pulleys, and counter-weights.