Schuler Shook worked closely with the design team to develop more functional stage and technical systems within the existing footprint of this 1889 Victorian era theatre.
The renovation included a new loading dock to improve access to the stage. A steel rigging structure and loading gallery were inserted within the existing stage to allow installation of a counterweight rigging system. The new rigging supports modern stage lighting and masking curtains as well as the historic painted backdrops that have long been used at the Mabel Tainter. Portable platforms at the front of the stage allow expanded audience seating or easy access to the orchestra pit.