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  Don Gibson TheatreDon Gibson Theatre

Construction Manager &
General Contractor

MBAJ Architecture
201 S. Washington Street, #200, Shelby, NC 28150

General Description

Location: Shelby, North Carolina
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Nov 2009
Total Square Feet: 13,386 Site: 0.34 acres
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 13,386; total, 13,386 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 28’; total, 28’.
Basic Construction Type: Historic renovation/Structural steel/Wood.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Ruggles Engineering, PC - 1116 Whispering Winds Drive, Catawba, NC 28609
General Contractor: Morrison Construction Co., Inc. - 1424 South Morgan Street, Shelby, NC 28152
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: McKnight Smith Ward Griffin Engineers - 4223 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Consultants Collaborative, LLC - 6600 Manor Hill Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

In early 2004, Destination Cleveland County (DCC) began as a public-private partnership to promote economic development through cultural tourism in the Shelby-Cleveland County area. Two major catalyst projects were identified for uptown Shelby to honor the legacy of two Shelby natives: country music singer/songwriter Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You," "Oh Lonesome Me") and bluegrass banjo pioneer, Earl Scruggs.

Destination Cleveland County (DCC) purchased the former State (Flick) Theatre property to renovate and restore the building into a modern performing arts facility and reception hall. The art deco inspired theatre opened in 1939 and served as a cinema house for over 50 years. In recent years, like many old movie houses, the building was left vacant and fell into disrepair. MBAJ Architecture was charged with transforming the building into a state-of-the-art performing arts venue for regional and national artists.

The original building was modestly appointed in nautical art deco motifs including porthole windowed front doors and a scrolling wave border framing the proscenium opening with sea foam green and pink coral walls throughout. Many of these motifs were restored and updated using contemporary materials. The lobby, reception hall, and other public areas are appointed with colors and patterns reminiscent of art deco, but in a contemporary interpretation paying homage to the original theme of the circa 1939 theatre.

The main auditorium comfortably seats over 400 and is handicap accessible. Twenty-first century technology sound and lighting systems provide the setting for all forms of musical performance, live theater, and audio-visual productions. A new reception hall was constructed on a vacant parking lot adjacent to the original building with a connector to the main lobby providing exhibit space for Don Gibson artifacts and memorabilia.

Theatre Features:
A new community room is located next to the theatre space and is designed for maximum flexibility. The room features a glass wall that connects to the city streetscape beyond. A bar and serving kitchen provide many options for catered events.

Attention to detail carries through to the restrooms with stage light vanities, accent tile, and glass block partitions.

Details were important - original motifs were uncovered and used to inform the design and color scheme.

Product Information
Membrane Roofing: Durolast Roofing Doors: Special Lite
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong Lighting: Lithonia


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