Lobbies and Stairways

Lobbies and stairways in the Chestnut Street Theatre proved very difficult to establish in both the museum and computer models of the theatre. For the most part, the arrangement was developed based on five key factors:

Lobbies and the stairways which link them are illustrated in this study by five drawings.

  1. The relationship between the placement of windows (fenestration) and the location of lobby floors.
  2. The stairs to the pit, and the pit lobby and passageway .
  3. The main lobby.
  4. Stairs leading up to the gallery; and the stairway in the west wing vestibule which leads to the "slips" or top gallery.