Posh Public Spaces: Movie Theater With Starry Lighting

Designed by Doyle Coffin Architecture, the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, Conn., boasts four screens and an inviting, contemporary interior. Skylights, a copper penny ceiling and starry specialty lighting create an unforgettable experience. 

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August 24, 2016

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Photo By: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Street View Prospector Theater

The Prospector Theater features a modern glass addition with wood and copper details. The front historic façade was recreated, transforming the building from traditional to contemporary, introducing expanses of glass and wood for a seamless transition with a warm, inviting feel.

Prospector Theater Lobby

This dynamic space also provides a wide spectrum of uses. The lobby is an extension of the street, drawing patrons in and offering casual seating with a screen above for viewing previews and promotions. A ceiling representing the traditional sidewalk marquee marks the entrance to the theaters.

Prospector Theater Atrium

A large skylight above the atrium allows natural light to filter into the lobby. The atrium helps to connect the lower level theaters and upper level theater.

Prospector Theater Star Bar Mosaic Fireplace Focal Point

The fireplace mosaic is a focal point at the Prospector Theater Star Bar. It was designed around the theme of "infinite possibility" and incorporates dozens of Special Olympic medals that had been donated by athletes. The artists used the medals to represent stars - a literal nod to Hollywood, as well as a figurative reference to the theater's mission.

Prospector Theater Cafe

This unique cafe got its name from the 33,712 pennies glued "heads up" to the custom designed ceiling panels, creating a warm copper glow to the ceiling.

Prospector Theater Screen Two

The walls are covered with perforated metal panels for proper acoustics in the second, smaller theater . The vaulted copper ceiling gives character and style to this intimate theater.

Prospector Theater Screen One

This theater is the largest of the four screens with seating for 170 people.The perforated metal screens on the walls provide the required acoustics for watching movies and the faux walnut panels on the ceiling create an elegant coffered design.

Prospector Theater Screen Three

Theater Three of the Prospector Theater was designed to make patrons feel as though they were watching a movie from a rooftop under the stars. Comfortable lounge chairs provide the ultimate movie watching experience while also providing maximum flexibility for the space.This multi-functional theater has 55 fixed stadium seats and an open floor providing flexibility of seating types and layouts. It features movable walls that open into an alcove overlooking the courtyard. This theater space can host a variety of social events.

Prospector Theater Courtyard Entry

The secondary entry from the courtyard of the Prospector Theater exposes and highlights the vertical connection between the theaters. The marquee lights are in the flooring at the entry's in order to draw patrons into the lobby.

Prospector Theater Courtyard View

The secondary entry of the Prospector Theater is accessed off of a newly developed courtyard creating a dynamic urban space.

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