Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Categories: RenovationsIn Your Community
The theater was closed in April 2014 after structural and safety issues were discovered. Upgrades to the theater included new grading and paving, stone veneer walls, integrated handrail lighting, additional light towers support, ADA compliance, added structural supports at the proscenium walls, and new stage flooring.
Due to the historic nature of the project, originally built in 1910, Otto worked closely with the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to preserve all possible components, while still completing the upgrades required for the safety of theater user groups and patrons. Some of the most notable upgrades to the theater included removal of two rows of benching required for ADA access; relocation of the parking pathway; and the unstable, dirt-filled seating aisles were replaced with colored concrete. Additionally, an existing phone booth was reclaimed to potentially be used as a prop for future plays. Founded in 1910, the Forest Theater remains one of the oldest outdoor theaters west of the Rockies.