Francis Marion University, Performing Arts Center

Florence, South Carolina

When inspired participants come together with visionary thoughts and commitment, it frequently leads to the creation of special places that galvanize ideas and create richness of experience. Resulting from a partnership between a range of public and private entities, the center forms the new regional artistic focus.It attracts audiences from the areas offering educational programs for the public and students at the university. Located near the recently completed main library, little theater and museum, the center forms an anchor for a growing downtown Florence cultural district. Hosting academic, professional, local, and touring performing arts groups, the main 900 seat multi-purpose hall accommodates a range of performance genres. A patented moveable, one-piece orchestra shell transforms the auditorium from a music environment to a full stage house for theatrical presentations, ensuring optimal acoustics in both settings. Electronically controlled, the groundbreaking device allows this community to host performances which it was previously unable to accommodate, paving the way for the staging of larger scale, touring presentations. A 100 seat flexible theater, classrooms, and performance laboratories serve a wide variety of educational and touring programs in music, drama, and dance.

Francis Marion University
73,000 SF 900 Seat Multi-purpose Theater 100 Seat Studio Theater
Public Lobby, Practice Rooms, Technology Practice Room, Performance Support Spaces, Administration Offices
FW Architects, Inc. AIA