At the June board meeting, the Theater board agreed to hire Palmer Architects of Statesboro to complete the design and restoration.
Palmer has worked extensively with the Georgia Board of Regents, designing new college classroom buildings and dormitories, but also has been deeply involved in adaptive redesign projects, such as the conversion of two historic buildings on the Georgia Southern University’s Sweetheart Circle into new schools of Psychology and Communications Arts.
The board earlier had contracted with Graham, Swift & Co., theater design consultants in Atlanta, to work with the board and the architect in the design of the theater for both live performances and movies.
Kevin Palmer’s family has owned a condominium across the street from the Theater for years. This project is near to his heart.
“Tybee is simply part of who I am; and getting the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community, while helping to preserve the island’s heritage, is something we’re very excited about,” he says. “I often walk my kids past the Theater on the way to get key lime ice cream at the Sugar Shack. When my children have children of their own, they can tell them all about the movies, music and shows they saw at the Tybee Post Theater as kids; and that their grandpa helped renovate it.”
The design consultants will ensure that every step of the rehabilitation process – from the sound, stage and lighting to sight lines – enhances the theater experience for guests.
“We are delighted to be engaged in this project,” says Charles Swift, who has more than three decades of lighting and theatrical design experience, “because of the significance it carries, not only to those who visit the island, but for those who live and work here as well.”