The renovation and construction of the project is contracted by the building complex owners' Conifer-LeChase, Construction Division. The theatre is owned and managed by FHPAC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.
The Sands-Constellation Theatre will hold 427 patrons, which includes 5 loge boxes with 8 seats each in the Mezzanine (naming rights available). The loges have donor sponsors but may be offered to the public with the donor's permission. The 379 new seats on the main floor are generously spaced and arranged to conform to modern needs and standards. Some of the front rows will be removable to permit use of that space for orchestras to accompany musical and ballet performances. A lift platform in the down-stage center of the stage will give access to the basement for transporting equipment or may be re-positioned to provide flexibility of access to the stage, a location for the theatre organ console, and many other opportunities. The apron (front of the stage) will be extended six and a half feet (6'-6") towards the audience for a total depth of 29'-6". With a 33'-10" proscenium opening, and 18' of height the Estey Family Stage can host a fabulous variey of productions.
The fully renovated Mary and George Hamlin Main Entrance and Lobby will also access a new box office which will offer the sale of tickets for any community organizations who wish to participate. The large donor wall on which ALL donations will be acknowledged will be located in the main lobby, visible to all visitors to all events.
The completely new inner lobby (under the balcony part of the auditorium) (naming right available) will be a large space that can be used for meetings, corporate events, catered lunches or dinners, weddings and other gatherings. This area is also equipped with lighting and picture hanging rails to facilitate extensive visual arts exhibits. Movable display panels will be availbale.
The lower level will be remodeled to include the spacious accessible access Entrance Gallery (naming right available) which will lead directly to the newly refurbished Canandaigua Rotary Club Elevator. On this same level is the Terwilliger Family Canandaigua Performing Arts Gallery where permanent and traveling exhibits of the Fort Hill and Canandaigua Theatre history will be housed. New restrooms are also constructed at this level. This level will be reached by the spacious stairs in the main entrance.
The lower level will also contain a 24' x 32' multi-purpose space which can be used as dressing rooms, rehearsal space, classroom, studio etc.
Many more details about the various spaces and available equipment can be found on our VENUE page.