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Sands Constellation Theatre @ FHPAC
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Fort Hill Performing Arts Center, Inc  (FHPAC) is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations may be tax deductible. For questions and information about charitable organizations in New York State phone 518-486-9797. or visit www.ag.ny.gov/bureaus/charities/about
FHPAC, Inc NYS Charities Office registration number is 46-06-73.

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Executive Director
585-412-6043
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director@fhpac.org

Main Floor
Main Floor

The Main floor of the Sands Constellation Theatre houses the Main Entrance leading into the Hamlin Famiy Lobby and ticket booth.  The Sahler Family Donor Wall will be on the right.  Turning left will lead to the Inner Gallery and Lobby, where artwork will be displayed, and audiences will gather before and during intermissions of events in the theatre.  2 doors lead into the auditorium and the 327 comfortable new seats.
The Estey Family stage is accessible from either side of the audience, with the stage door on the south side for loading.  The generous cross-over upstage of the back wall of the stage can also be used as a "green room" during productions.  A restroom is on the upstage right corner of the crossover.   Handicap access is on the north side corridor with parallel stairs for connection from stage level to the "tunnel" passage.  From there is a stairway leading down to the Lower Level creating access to the dressing room / multi-purpose room.  Actors, crew and staff can also travel between the stage area and the main Gallery using the north passage.
The office suite adjacent to the Main Lobby will serve as the primary ticket outlet during business hours.  The administrative offices will also be located there.  Concession services will have equipment and preparation areas in this suite.
Access to the Lower Level including the main restrooms is gained via the large stairs in the Main Lobby or by using the elevator.  Patrons may also access the Mezzanine using the elevator or use the stairs on the opposite side of the Lobby.

Lower Floor
Lower Floor

The Lower Level holds many amenities supporting the Performing Arts Center functions.  One very important item are the large, new Men's and Women's restrooms.  A second set of two restrooms is available either for additional public use during events or separated from the public and reserved for talent use when the multi-purpose room is used as a large dressing room.  
The multi-purpose room is available for many different uses and can be closed off from the lower lobby when used as a dressing room.  During the day it may be rented for rehearsals, as a studio, lessons or small events.  Access to the stage is through a new passage under the stage and up a new stairwell in the stage left side.
The new 6' x 12' (nom) platform lift reaches from the lower level to stage level, where it normally will stay.  The lift may be positioned at the audience level and stairs can be installed to provide direct access from the audience for graduations and similar ceremonies, on-stage dancing, etc.  The lift is not designed to carry persons.
The handicap access is located on the north side of the building via an existing ramp which enters the building through the Ontario County Arts Council Gallery and the Terwilliger Family Gallery to the elevator.  Artwork will be displayed along this pathway.  Parking will be very close to this entrance ramp with new lighting and landscaping.

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.