The Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City had a problem — the building’s interior ground floor layout was not ideal for patron experience, patron circulation or box office sales during the day without compromising building security. After careful consideration, they chose FSB to help them develop a solution. FSB’s design team started their assessment with a tour of the existing spaces and presented an initial concept which provides a more open floor plan, movable point-of-sale booths, a new kitchen, more backstage space for the Freede Theatre performers, a secure box office area for public access during the day and a vestibule addition on the north side to provide VIPs and the Freede Theatre a dedicated entrance. Additionally, the carpet, paint and other interior finishes will be upgraded to make the overall design more cohesive.
Freede Theatre itself will also receive upgrades while preserving its historic architecture. FSB enlisted the help of theatre consultant, Schuler Shook, to help with the lighting and theatre system upgrades for this area, while FSB’s design team will complete upholstery upgrades for all the patron seating. Additional work to the space consists of new food and beverage locations (including a relocated lobby bar), new patron services desk, improved functionality of the lobby and atrium through FF&E, reworked men’s restrooms on the main level, a Freede Theatre VIP area, as well as an evaluation and documentation of the exterior facade condition.