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Quote cwells Replybullet Topic: Converting a Classroom
    Posted: 6/07/11 at 10:57pm
Anybody convert their classroom (mine is 37x28) into a blackbox theatre?  I'm curious about what's been successful?
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Quote vickifrank Replybullet Posted: 6/08/11 at 9:38am
I've seen this done very well years ago.  The main door opened into the SL 'wings'.  Where a blackboard would have been was a velour curtain that was hung and extended a small distance along each wall ending at the door.  Windows were blacked out--or curtained, I can't remember which.
Opposite where the blackboard would have been were three stacked platforms with theatre seats on them.  Behind the top platform was a wall  with a window that formed the sound/light booth.
The ceiling had a small grid for lights to hang.  Obviously some electrical modifications were made.
The room was approximately your room's size.

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Quote museav Replybullet Posted: 6/09/11 at 9:45am

Would the room still be used only for smaller classes or also for public performances?

While there are technical aspects to address, a change in use or occupancy of a space can also involve code and accessibility considerations.  You might want to talk to the appropriate party at your school or district to see what impact this may have in terms of exiting, accessibility, life safety, etc.  It sucks to get all excited about such a project and spend significant time on it only to later discover that major changes or costs (additional exits, sprinkler systems, ramps or lifts, signage, assistive listening systems and so on) are necessary to address compliance issues, it's usually much better to know the situation as soon as possible and be able to maybe work that into your plans.
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