In less than 18 months the Richmond Triangle Players will have acquired a building to call home, completed their first major capital campaign, and hosted opening night. On October 7, their 2009-2010 season begins at 1300 Altamont Avenue, the venue they have coined their “Next Stage.”
A gift inspired by RTP’s 15th Anniversary Gala made the project possible. Local real estate entrepreneur Robb Moss purchased the former home of Carl’s Radiator Shop on behalf of the theater company.
An artist's rendering of the new facade.
Carl left the Scott’s Addition address last September.
During a tour with GayRVA, new Managing Director Phil Crosby said the RTP wants to keep the look and feel of the building’s Art Deco exterior which features mid-century brick and slanted windows. Depending on city signage regulations, the company would like to repaint a large sign on the side of the building.
The building will not hide the fact that the RTP caters to the LGBT population regularly. Triangles will be featured prominently in both the interior and exterior.
“Expect lots of reminders of past shows,” Crosby said. “It will be warm, welcoming, and something the community can use on a regular basis.”
The theater. Click to enlarge.
The lobby. Click to enlarge.
Walking into the lobby, patrons will be greeted by a full bar and a ticketing area. Past the lobby, a curtain is pulled back as a pathway into the theater. Chairs will not be permanently fixed allowing for cabaret-style seating up to 90. The stage itself will be raised and twice as wide as the performance area at Fielden’s – RTP’s home for many years.
The building itself is undergoing new plumbing installation, an update to HVAC, and is being rewired to support a brand new lighting and sound system. A garage door used by the former radiator shop will remain and will function as a loading dock to install and remove sets and props. There will also be ample room in the new space for backstage storage and a dressing room.
RTP plans to host a series of special events, national performers, and art showings.
“When we talk about the next stage, it’s not only about the venue, but also about taking the company to a whole new level,” Crosby said.