© Robert Reck
© Robert Reck

National Hispanic Cultural Center, The Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided full-scope theatre consulting for The Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, which includes the 691-seat multi-purpose Albuquerque Journal Theatre and the 291-seat Bank of America Theatre cinema.

The Albuquerque Journal Theatre, with its 1,700 square foot performance area, is the Cultural Center’s most luxurious performance space and contains one of the largest indoor stages in New Mexico. The 46-line fly system allows for rapid scenery changes, while the fly loft creates the highest point in the Mayan-styled pyramid that is the key element of the Center’s architecture.

The more-intimate Bank of America Film Theatre is a fully equipped movie house which can accommodate 35mm and 16mm film with full theatre THX surround sound. Designed with a 26 feet wide by 19 feet high retractable screen, the theatre also contains a small thrust stage, allowing for small musical performances, chamber music, readings, and lectures.

Architect: FMSM Architects
Size: 81,000 SF
Cost: $22,500,000
Completion: 2004