Maui Arts & Cultural Center 1994
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Client:Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Project Category:Community Arts Centers
Architect:John Hara & Associates
Completion Year:1994
Location:Kahalui, Hawaii
Acoustician:Kirkegaard & Associates
Capacity:1,200 seats
An extensive, two-year planning study, community surveys, and workshops with an active  local arts community of considerable variety and diversity was key to FDA's theatre planning work on this  $32-million cultural complex, which opened in  1994.  The  complex houses a 1,200 seat theater, 300-seat theater, museum-quality art galleries, a restaurant, performance courtyard, classrooms, offices, shops, and rehearsal spaces for children's and community theatre groups.  An adjacent outdoor amphitheatre with a capacity of 5,000 has featured everyone from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Bob Dylan.

The 1,200-seat Castle Theater has an intimate feel with its balconies wrapping back to the stage.  The 300-seat McCoy Theater, configured in the style of "theatre in the round",  is an even more intimate  space that lends itself to plays requiring a minimum of scenery and props.

The popular center now hosts a full and remarkably diverse schedule of touring events, locally produced music and dance groups, and classes in fine and performing arts.