Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Sunoco Performance Theater 1999
Client:Whitaker Center
Project Category:Multipurpose Theatres
Architect:Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer
Completion Year:1999
Location:Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Building Size:130,000 s.f.
Capacity:600 seats
The Whitaker Center was the first facility in the nation to link the arts and sciences in one building.  The Center houses a 600-seat theater, 200-seat Imax, and a Science Center in a design that affords visitors views from one program area to another to  emphasize the link between the disciplines and encourage participation in both.

The Sunoco Performance Theatre has a 664-seat auditorium designed with three levels of seating, none more than 65 feet from the stage.  The Broadway-sized stage, fly space, moveable orchestra pit and commodious back-of-house accommodations were designed to meet the production and performance needs of a range of community performing arts groups including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Theatre Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Opera Association, and the Concertante Chamber Ensemble.