Designed by Fred Lebensold (one of North America's leading theatre designers of the time) the building has a premier site in downtown Ottawa, overlooking the Canal, beside the War Memorial, and looking up the Hill to Parliament. The basic building block is a hexagon, so the six-sided theme gets repeated, a lot. There are three theatres and the acoustics in all three are very good to excellent. There is also the Fourth Stage where new stuff is presented. It is basically a concrete box. The main theatre (Southam Hall) seats 2,323, the Theatre 897, and the Studio 300. Although Southam Hall has very good acoustics, I don't particularly like it as I find it too large. But it has to make money and it needs volume to do that. The Theatre is more intimate and allows you to get closer to the performers. Wide and shallow so just about any seat is good. Very good for plays. The Studio is a shoebox type theatre with proscenium arch. Long and narrow so sit at the mid to the front.
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