Case in Point – an Auditoria article
Case in Point, recently published in Auditoria, describes how modern, flexible performing arts centers become true gathering places, capable of serving their mission in an exceptional manner while also reaching long-term sustainability. Overwhelmingly embraced by the city of San Antonio since its opening in 2014, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is a striking example of such an institution with built-in flexibility whose success results from a mixed use of space. Equipped with a Gala Venue fully automated transformable seating and floor system, the main auditorium adapts to any event and may easily host more than one in the course of a single day with quick and simple changeovers.
As many reviews have shown, in just its first two years of operations the Tobin Center has been able to play a dynamic role in the community with 10 resident companies and world-class performing artists. It serves its constituents as a permanent single purpose hall with outstanding acoustics, consistently achieves high occupancy rates, and gains international recognition. Adding flexibility is definitely a way for performing arts centers to better fulfill their mission and improve their financial sustainability.