Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Amaturo Theater


Close collaboration among members of the design team on programming, hall design, backstage layouts, and stage and lighting equipment resulted in the acclaimed design for the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. After more than 15 years it is still considered one of the most successful performing arts complexes in the southeastern US. The Center comprises a 2,700 seat multipurpose hall, the Au-Rene Theatre, and a smaller space known as the Amaturo.

At 585 seats, the Amaturo is an ideal size for community ensembles, chamber music, readings, and certain touring events. This two-theatre complex is the centerpiece of an eleven-acre park on the New River.

FDA worked with the owner and architect to define the program for the entire complex, collaborated on the design of both halls and their backstage layouts, and designed and specified stage equipment for these two state-of-the-art theatres.

  • Client: PAC Authority
  • Architect: Benjamin Thompson & Associates
  • Completion Year: 1991
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Acoustician: Kirkegaard & Associates
  • Building Size: 200,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 585 seats

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