From the time construction began in 2004 to today, Arizona Broadway Theatre has taken great care to create a beautiful, versatile performance space that allows for every type of theatrical production, special event, and musical extravaganza.
ABT’s art-deco-inspired lobby can accommodate up to 300 patrons, and the space layout varies based on the event being held (e.g.; auction, casino, dance floor, etc.). A fully-stocked bar is available during each show for a pre-show or intermission cocktail.
1930s Broadway "a portrait" (Lobby Mural)
Unveiled this past November, 1930s Broadway "a portrait" is the culmination of 10 years of research, sketching and painting by ABT's lobby muralist, and Co-Founder, Penelope Klaphake (Penny). Because the Arizona Broadway Theatre has Art Deco-inspired architecture, Penny decided to carry that same theme into the mural and began researching that reverberating, transitional period in American history – roughly the late 1920s to the early 1940s. The mural is a colorful, 14-foot high x 84-foot long piece distilled into a concept encompassing “Broadway in New York City” that focuses on the following three elements:
(1) Broadway Theatre District Theatres located on 42nd Street, 43rd Street, 44th Street, 45th Street and Broadway (the street)
(2) Skyscrapers, showing them strategically placed in five vanishing points of each street
(3) People, showing 100 individuals, 48 on the left side, two in the center, and 48 on the right side, “most” of whom were famous people connected to the performing arts on Broadway
Just off the lobby is ABT’s Encore Room, a 1,020-square-foot space, beautifully decorated and available for special events, private parties, awards ceremonies. The Encore Room is the site of the Encore Room Series, a collection of shows best enjoyed in the more intimate, cabaret-style setting.
ABT’s main stage performance space includes a 6,300 square-foot house with table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat in the house has an unobstructed view of the stage. The 40-foot-wide proscenium-style stage includes 2,700 square feet of performance space, with an additional 700 square feet of wing space. The apron of the stage can be fully or partially removed to expose an orchestra pit with room for up to 12 musicians. The single purchase fly system, located stage right, includes 16 line sets (4 line sets are dedicated for electrics) with a max load of 1,000 lbs.