The $243 million complex, which was revitalized after a $75 million donation from businessman Ronald O. Perelman, will include three theatres (ranging in sizes from 99-seat to 250 and 499) that can be configured into one larger theatre capable of seating 1,200.
Jenny Gersten, the former artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, serves as the consulting producer on the arts center. In addition to arts programming, Gersten said that the center would offer community-centered activites (such as yoga classes) and serve as a polling place during elections.
Arts programming for the center has not been finalized, though it is expected that new works will be the focus.
The center’s exterior will be constructed from thin sheets of marble that will be enclosed in glass. This will allow for a stately stone appearance during the daylight, which will give way to a warm glow in the evening hours as the lights from within the center are able to be seen through the thin marble exterior.