Folly Theater Renovation

Enhancing the patron experience in a historic Kansas City gem

The Folly Theater was built in 1900 and has a rich and colorful history in Kansas City. After being saved from demolition in 1973, the theater underwent a multi-phased renovation and had gone untouched since. Helix is working with the theater to renovate their outdated lobby and shareholder’s lounge in a way that aligns with the character and history of the original structure. The project is the centerpiece of a $1.55 million campaign, which has already made major strides with a $775,000 donation from the Kemper Foundation.

Location: Kansas City, MO
Square-Feet: 5,100

The design revitalizes the two rooms through finishes, furniture and lighting, while dramatically improving the functionality. A new curved bar area and ticket counter will be the highlight of the first-floor space, allowing patrons to flow through the space more comfortably. A new stair will invite guests to visit the second-floor lounge both before and after the show. ADA improvements and a new catering area are also being incorporated into the design.

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