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of the 540-seat theater are accessible in all sections.

New Theater and Lobby Renovation

01 Challenge

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park enlisted BHDP to design a new theater to replace its 50-year outmoded Marx Theatre. Selected for our well-executed designs on other civic projects like Washington Park and Fountain Square, BHDP assembled an integrated team of designers and project leaders to deliver creative design solutions that focused on delivering an inspiring patron experience. 

02 Solution

To avoid losing a show season for the Marx Theatre, BHDP redirected the new theater to a more north-facing position with an improved view of Eden Park’s Mirror Lake and the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Mainstage Theatre Complex—featuring The Rouse Theatre—will allow Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to shine on a national level with state-of-the-art technology, a fly gallery, and greater accessibility and comfort. 

Early sketch of the new Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park lobby

Quick Facts

Size 62,500 SF

Location Cincinnati, OH

Completion Date 2023