Technical Details


The seating area is divided into a balcony and a main floor. The balcony (an extended floor - not an overhang) seats 616 while the main floor seats 584 for a total capacity of 1200. Both the balcony and the main floor are accessed from the lobby via two sets of stairs from the lobby.

The distance from the orchestra pit wall to the first row of seats is 10'4" and the stage floor is 3'10" above the floor of the house. The distance from the apron to the balcony wall is 78'.

Load-In Information

The load-in door opens directly onto the stage via a 12'X12' roll-up steel door located in the USR corner. The loading dock is 16'2" square, 2' above ground level and is at stage level.

Stage Dimensions and Information

The theatre stage is a resilient, flat floor constructed of 1/4" Masonite laid on a 3/4" plywood sub floor.

  • Proscenium Opening: Width - 32'6" Height - (MAX) - 26'8"
  • Distance from Apron to Plaster Line: 3'2"
  • Distance from Plaster Line to Upstage Wall: 35'2"
  • Distance from Grand Drape to Upstage Wall: 34'
  • Stage Width (wall to wall): 76'
  • Distance from Apron to Front Row Seats: 18'4"
  • Wing Space SR: 16'
  • Wing Space SL: 16'
  • Grid Height: 60'

There is an orchestra pit which extends 8' into the house from the stage apron. The pit is kept covered and requires 5 days prior notice and an additional fee to uncover it for an event.

The stage is accessible from the main floor to the house by means of steps on either side of the orchestra pit. Access to the main stage floor is only possible from the apron if the grand drape is open. Access to the backstage area and dressing rooms is available from the main house floor through an entrance House right. There is also a door DSL which allows stage access from the downstairs dressing rooms, the stage entrance, and the house.

Wing space on stage right is limited by the locking platform and pin rail. The stage right wing space is full stage height for 12' from the onstage edge of the legs. An additional 8' of wing space is available beneath the locking platform with a maximum vertical clearance of 8'1".

Wing space stage left is limited by the onstage dressing room located DSL. The onstage wall of the dressing room is 11'7" from the proscenium opening and extends 6'6" upstage from the downstage wall.

A 4' wide crossover may be made upstage by bringing in the cyclorama or the upstage traveler and crossing upstage of it.

Fly and Stage Rigging

The fly system is a single purchase counterweight system with 27 line sets. The locking platform is located stage right. Each arbor has a maximum capacity of 1100 pounds. The pipes are of steel composition 1 1/2" in diameter and 48' in length. There are 18 free line sets. A pin rail is located on the onstage side of the locking platform at a height of 13'3" above the stage floor. Please refer to the attached Line Set Schedule for the location and normal assignment of individual line sets.


The Grand Drape is a 27 ounce gold curtain of the Austrian type and is new. The curtain flies and is operated by an electric winch. Curtain operation may be controlled from either the Stage Manager's position DSR or from the lighting console in the FOH control booth. The Grand Drape has an opening/closing time of 27 seconds.

All stage draperies, with the exception of the cyclorama, are made of 18 ounce velour. All legs, borders, valance, and travelers are black in color.

There are five sets of black legs available in the space. Two of the five hang as legs on line sets 9 and 25. These two sets form a thirty five foot opening with the onstage edge of each leg hanging 17'6" from center stage. The third set of legs normally hangs on line set 17 as the Mid-stage Traveler. This is a 24' H x 38' W curtain, in two pieces, which may be used to reduce the depth of the stage.

Three black borders mask the stage and are normally hanging on line sets 7, 15, and 23. The curtains measure 8' H x 48' W with ¾ sewn fullness. In addition, there is a valance on the first line set with the same dimensions and color as the borders.

Directly upstage of the Grand Drape and valance there is a House Curtain which normally hangs on line set two. The traveler is composed of two black curtains each of which measures 24' H x 27' W. The traveler is operated from DSR. Similarly, a black traveler hangs just downstage of the cyclorama on line set 31 having the same dimensions as the house curtain. The upstage traveler is also operated from the stage right position.

There is one white cyclorama hanging from line set 32. The cyc is a white filled Leno cyclorama curtain and is 29' H x 48' W. When either the upstage traveler or the cyc is in, a crossover is created on its upstage side. The distance from the cyc to the upstage wall is 4'.


Dimming and Control

The dimmers are I series e and manufactured by Colortran. There is a 288 space dimmer rack located on the DSR wall which contains 112 dimmer drawers with 2 dimmers each for a total of 224 solid state dimmers. Each dimmer has a capacity of 2400 watts. Dimmer drawers may be moved to different spaces within the rack so that each circuit in use will have a dimmer. Non-dim circuits are available only by soft patch and are therefore not suitable for intelligent lights.

The dimmers are controlled by an ETC Express 48/96 board. There are 24 programmable submasters on 10 pages, giving 240 submasters and 96 channel sliders. The console is capable of controlling 1024 dimmers, with 2 DMX inputs. The board is located in the FOH control booth.


The first three electrics have 32 circuits each with one pigtail per circuit and two circuits each with two pigtails per circuit. The fourth electric has 24 circuits with one pigtail per circuit. Six drop boxes are onstage with three located stage right and three located stage left. Each drop box has eight circuits. On stage left there are two wall boxes. One box is located on the upstage wall with six circuits, while the other is on the downstage wall with four circuits.

The FOH lighting cove contains 48 circuits with one pigtail per circuit. All pigtails and plug boxes on stage and in the cove have 125v 20A twist-lock type connections. Please refer to the circuit chart for the locations and numbers of individual circuits.



10 - 12 degree Colortran 1000w Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight (ERS>

10 - 19 degree ETC Source 4 750

5 – Altman 12 degree 1000w Ellipsoidal


20 - 20 degree Colortran 1000w ERS

6 – 19 degree Source 4 750

10 - Colortran 500w mini-ellipse

20 - 8" 1000w Fresnels

15 - PAR 64 1000w MFL

22 – Source 4 Par 750

6- Altman 3-cell cyc lights


2 - Lycian using MARC 350 Quartz Lamps

All figures reflect normal instrument quantities. Other instruments are available from a local rental house. For information on the lighting system in the theatre or rental of additional equipment, please contact the theatre's Production Manager / Technical Director.

Adam Woodfin 
The Davis Theatre 

Power Distribution

There is a 350A 120/208V 3 ph Y fused disconnect located DSL for supply of auxiliary lighting equipment. There is a 150A 120/208V 3 ph Y disconnect DSR for supply of auxiliary sound equipment.

Sound System

The sound mixing console is located house left in the first row of balcony seats. The mixing console is a Soundcraft GB8.

Our current Public Address system is brand new as of 2010. There are two, 7 speaker arrays hanging from the House Left and House Right ceiling from a permanent motor controlled system, and one SLS 218EL subwoofer hanging behind the array on each side. There are four SLS 2403 front fill speakers that are hidden beneath the pit cover. The array speakers are SLS LS8800 and they are powered by QSE Powerlight 3 series amplifiers.

Playback devices are as follows:

One dual disc Stanton S-750 cd player.

There are 5 handheld wireless microphones including 4 audio technica ATW-R310 wireless and 1 Shure SM 58 Wireless.

There are two Mackie 15" powered monitors that hang on the 1st electric that we use for monitors. We have the capability of adding up to 4 more monitors as floor monitors.

Communication System

Headset communications are available through the two-channel Clear Com system. 7 headsets are normally used on the system with a Stage Manager's position located DSR and an Assistant Stage Manager's position located DSL. Paging to the dressing rooms is not possible from the control booth or Stage Manager's position at this time.

Dressing Rooms

There are five dressing rooms in the theatre. Four of the five are located downstairs, beneath the stage. Here there is a chorus dressing room with mirrors, make-up lights, and hanging bars which measures 24' × 17' and a second open dressing room with mirrors and tables which also measures approx. 24' x 17'. Additionally, there are two "star" dressing rooms downstairs with a capacity of 8 each. There are two bathrooms downstairs, each having a toilet, sink and shower. On stage, there is a dressing room located in the DSL corner. This dressing room measures 6'6" × 10' and has a toilet, sink, and mirror. The theatre also has an iron, ironing board, and steamer, but no washer or dryer.

The theatre also has an iron, ironing board, and steamer, but no washer or dryer.

Other Equipment

1 - Steinway & Sons D9 Grand Piano in excellent condition (a usage fee is required)

1 - 8' Fiberglass A-frame ladder in good condition (no charge)

1 - AWP-30 Genie Lift in good condition (no charge)

Questions regarding any equipment or space should be directed to the theatre's Technical Manager.

Location Line# Assignment Length Notes
0'0" GD Grand Drape - Austrian 27 seconds 48' 28H × 37W Gold Contour
0'9" 1 Valance 48'
1'6" 2 House Curtain / Black Traveler 48' Not Moveable
2'8" 3 #1 Electric 48' 38 Circuits / Not Moveable
4'5" 4 48'
5'2" 5 Projection Screen 48'
5'11" 6 48'
6'8" 7 Border #2 48'
7'5" 8 48'
8'3" 9 Legs 48'
8'11" 10 48'
9'3" 11 48'
10'11" 12 #2 Electric 48' 32 Circuits
12'8" 13 48'
13'5" 14 48'
14'4" 15 Border #3 48'
14'11" 16 48'
15'8" 17 Mid-Stage Traveller / Not Moveable 48'
16'5" 18 48'
17'2" 19 48'
18'5" 20 #3 Electric 48' 32 Circuits / Not Moveable
20'1" 21 48'
20'10" 22 48'
21'7" 23 Border #4 48'
22'4" 24 48'
23'1" 25 Legs 48'
24'3" 26 #4 Electric (Cyclorama Lights) 48' 22 Circuits / Not Moveable
26'6" 27 48'
27'2" 28 48'
27'9" 29 48'
28'4" 30 48'
28'11" 31 Black Traveler 48' Not Moveable
29'6" 32 White Cyclorama 48' 26'H × 48'W


Please download available documentation for your production's planning purposes.

Apply Now!