The Naples Players announce opening of The Kizzie Theater

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Following a $21 million renovation of their iconic theater in the heart of Downtown Naples, The Naples Players have announced the official phase one re-opening of their new venue: The Kizzie Theater.
Special presentations, a ribbon cutting and tours will be given June 1 and 2.
“We’re thrilled to invite the community to view this amazing facility that was designed specifically for Naples,” says Bryce Alexander, CEO & executive artistic director. “We want every member of our community to feel welcome and proud of their new theater.”

The new 452-seat Kizzie Theater features 308 seats on the main floor and adds 144 seats in the balcony. photos by Jamie Kuser

Formerly known as Blackburn Hall, the new 452-seat Kizzie Theater – named by national philanthropists Jay & Patty Baker – features 308 seats on the main floor and adds 144 seats in the balcony, all while preserving the theater’s renowned aisle depth to allow patrons to move freely past one another in every row. The Kizzie Theater showcases a state-of-the-art sound system by Meyer Sound; custom acoustical design by Gary W. Siebein; and stunning custom millwork walls fabricated by local cabinet maker John Jewell.
Additionally, the Broadway-style theater showcases an orchestra pit for 16 musicians, a complete fly-house, a state-of-the-art lighting system and spacious dressing rooms.
The Kizzie Theater also boasts a one-of-a-kind “Sensory Booth,” a private booth with independent lighting, sound and temperature controls that allow any family impacted by Sensory Processing Disorders to enjoy every performance in a controlled environment.

Additional accessibility features of the theater include a hearing-loop system and Bluetooth hearing assistance connectivity that enables any individual with Bluetooth hearing aids to connect directly to the theater’s sound system without the need for additional headphones or devices.
Phase 1 includes the opening of the Jay R. Paul Community Atrium, the new Diane & Sid Davis Box Office; Annie’s Cafe; Price Grand Staircase; Tater Tot’s Mezzanine Bar; David Byron & Vicky C. Smith Mezzanine; Nancy Ribordy Spot Booth; Audrey & Vaughn Pengelly Spot Booth; Jim & Linda Mizeur Dressing Room; Peggy & James Monson Audio Center; Terry Libby Rehearsal Room; Alan & Liz Jaffe Orchestra Pit; Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Usher Lounge; Bob Hill Volunteer Lounge; Muffy Clark Gill Patron Services; John & Catherine Estey Classroom; George D’Angelo & Laura St. Clair Atrium Overlook; Theresa Bill Stage Doors; Kathleen’s Kloset Dressing Room; and the Steven & Shelley Einhorn Outdoor Lounge, among other spaces.

New balcony seating at the Kizzie Theater

David Corban Architects led the design of the renovation, with local general contractors BUILD overseeing its construction. Theater Communications Collaborative led the performance system designs, while Keith Predmore served as the owners’ representatives. The late John Passidomo served as the company’s legal counsel, and the project is financed through a collaborative partnership between FineMark National Bank & Trust and Lake Michigan Credit Union.
Phase 2 will feature the opening of two new 104-seat Black Box Theaters, new scenic & costume shops, additional dressing rooms, bars, and a donor terrace. When completed, the facility will be the only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Theater in the state of Florida. Completion of the entire facility is expected by the end of the summer.
On stage from June 26 – July 21 tickets for 42nd Street and season tickets for the entirety of TNP’s 71st Season are available now. Visit anytime or call the TNP Box Office at 239-263-7990.


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