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Paul V. Galvin Theatre

51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85287
Mill Avenue & 10th Street

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The beautiful Paul V. Galvin Playhouse is a proscenium theatre with continental seating and a capacity of 485 seats. The Galvin Playhouse is located in the southeast portion the Nelson Fine Arts Center, at the corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street on the ASU Tempe campus.
Technical Specifications

The proscenium theatre has 40 single-purchase counterweighted line sets. Battens are 1.5" sced. D pipe, except lines 5, 10, 17, 24, 32, and 37, which are truss battens. There are no dedicated electrics. The depth of the stage from plaster line to back wall is 44' – 10 1/2" and includes 480 square feet of trap floor (removable in 4 by 8 foot sections) and an apron/orchestra pit with a screw jack lift.

The loading door leading directly into the scene shop is on the back wall, centered on the centerline, is 30' – 0" wide, 22' – 0" tall. There are four additional doors, up left, up right, down left, and down right. All but the up left door are standard commercial doors, allowing 3' – 0" wide clearance and standard height. The up left door can open to 11' – 6"wide clearance, and has a standard commercial width door within the large door. Access to the loading dock from the shop is via a freight elevator. The loading dock is one floor above the scene shop and stage level. Costume shop, dressing rooms, green room and trap room are one floor below stage level in the subbasement.

The house seats 481 (320 on main floor, 161 in balcony). The last row on the main floor is 43' from the proscenium and the last row in balcony is approximately 80'. The first five rows on ground are continental seating, the rest American. The house has excellent acoustics and clear sight lines throughout the house.
Seating Chart

The lobby serves both Galvin and Dance Laboratory. The lobby also includes box office and refreshment booth (serving both in lobby and outside courtyard).

Scene Shop
Directly backstage, measures 56' x 60' and includes a well and paint frame for painting scenery flats and drops, as well as oversized freight elevator connecting to loading dock and set storage area. Facilities allow for full wood, metal and plastic construction.

Sound, Lighting, Rigging
The Galvin Playhouse is equipped with a Strand Pallet 530 with 200 dimmers (2.4 and 6 kw); computer-assisted pre-set sound system. It is fully cat-walked and rigged with 40 line sets, including apron area for thrust stage.