Florida Theatrical on way to new home downtown

Florida Theatrical Association, the nonprofit that operates the touring Orlando Broadway Series, is on its way to a new home for its offices and a new theater near Lake Eola. It has hired a general contractor, JHT Construction, to transform empty space in the Sanctuary high-rise condo building into offices, a performance venue and a banquet hall/meeting room.

Also newly hired are a lead architect, Elite Universal Architecture, which specializes in of restaurants, mixed-use residential, high-rise condos and stores; and an interior designer, Ted Manes of Steted Interiors and HC Design & Development. HC did the interior design for the Sanctuary and for Star Tower, another new high-rise south of Lake Eola.

Last January Florida Theatrical bought the 20,000 square feet in three separate spaces on the first and second floors of the Sanctuary, which is at South Eola Drive and Pine Street. The company plans to use some of the office space itself and to try to find other office tenants.

It will be interesting to see what kind of theater this project comes up with. Here’s hoping the rental cost will be low enough for local groups to be able to afford to perform there.

And congrats to Florida Theatrical for taking on the challenge of providing more performance space for Orlando artists and audiences.

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