Project Name: Blue Man Group Theatre
Building Type: Hospitality ( theater inside hotel)
Completion Date: October 2005
Architect: HKS, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Martin & Peltyn
Electrical engineer: MSA
Civil engineer: Martin & Martin
General contractor: Venetian Development
Design approach/Narrative: The Blue Man Group Theatre, located inside the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas, opened in 2006. Renovating and expanding the original 1,200-seat theatre with stage area created unique challenges for the design team. The overall theatre size was increased to 65,000 square feet, offering 1,760 seats while increasing the stage house and rigging to conventional size. However, the new, larger footprint of the stage house encroached into future casino hotel expansion plans.
To meet this challenge, the design team cantilevered the future hotel over the stage box. Special Consideration was given to prevent sound leakage from the theatre into the hotel. Seating also proved to be a challenge. A structural column had to be removed to increase the long span over the seating bowl while the floor-to-floor height of the existing theater dictated the location of the balcony level. The resulting seating configuration puts more spectators closer to the stage, allowing them to become a part of the action.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos