Forbes Center for the Performing Arts that located in Virginia, United States, designed by local architect Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company with Performance Architecture and Theatre Projects, the new Center replaces an antiquated multipurpose auditorium and an experimental black box theatre with a single structure that houses five venues. The highly flexible 186,000 sq ft facility houses two distinct arts centers linked by a shared lobby. The Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance accommodates three venues; a 450-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre and a 150-seat studio theatre.
The studio theatre is designed in much the same way, with lots of flexibility built in that allows it to be configured in proscenium, end stage, thrust arena and flat floor arrangements. Likewise, The Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance has been designed with the utmost flexibility. It houses two venues; a 600-seat concert hall and a 200-seat recital hall, both of which have acoustic and staging flexibility to accommodate a wide range of music from large orchestras to smaller pop and folk concerts.