Cost To Build A Community Theater

A community theater is a wonderful way to bring people together and give them an outlet to express themselves. Building such a theater can be a daunting task, but it can also be rewarding and fulfilling. Whether you plan on building the theater yourself or hiring professionals, there are many factors that need to be considered before starting construction. The first thing you will want to decide is whether or not you want your theater to be indoors or outside. If you choose indoors, then there will be many other decisions that need to be made about the structure’s design and layout. If outdoors, then wind, sun exposure, and other weather conditions will dictate what type of materials are used in construction as well as how they are placed together.

Once these initial decisions have been made then it’s time to move on with actual construction. You’ll need some kind of foundation for your new theater building so that it doesn’t blow away during strong winds or heavy rains; concrete works best here since it won’t warp over time like wood might do if left exposed too long without protection from moisture (such as paint). Next comes framing up walls which should be done using 2x4s or 4x4s depending on how tall your ceiling needs to be (more on this later).

Building a community theater is a big project. You will have to sign contracts with a lot of people, pay for permits, and hire contractors. You also need to find someone who can help you figure out how much it is going to cost. This article should give you an idea of what goes into building one, so that you can get estimates on your own project.

Cost To Build A Community Theater

The cost of building a community theater depends on the size, location, and amenities. The cost to build a theater can vary greatly depending on the size, location, and amenities. The cost to build a theater will depend on the size and location.

Permits and Labor

In order to build your theater, you will need permits. Permits can be difficult and time-consuming to obtain, and they’re expensive. The first thing you’ll need is a zoning permit for your new theater. Zoning permits fall under the jurisdiction of your local city hall or county courthouse, which means that this type of permit requires some research before applying for it. Depending on where you live and what kind of building laws are currently in place there, getting a zoning permit may be relatively straightforward or extremely complicated—or somewhere in between. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with lax zoning laws and few restrictions regarding how one should use land within city limits (like San Francisco), then getting permission won’t be too big of a hassle; however if not… well then things might get tricky.

Architectural Fees

The Architectural Fees are the cost for designing and planning a building. These fees vary depending on the complexity of the project, but can be paid in installments. They are usually paid by the owner of the building, but if you are having trouble paying them all at once, your architect may be willing to take payments over time.

Site Preparation

  • Excavation and Foundation Cost
  • Structure Steel Cost
  • Concrete Cost
  • Framing Cost
  • Drywall Insulation & Finish Work Cost

Excavation & Foundation Cost

Excavation is the process of digging a hole in the ground. Excavation is performed to construct foundations for buildings, dig holes for utility lines and pipes, and to remove earth materials from the ground. Excavation can be done manually or with mechanical equipment such as excavators or backhoes.

Structure Steel Cost

The cost of steel is the second-largest cost in building a community theater, behind the labor. It’s not uncommon for community theaters to spend more on the structural steel than they do on all other materials combined, so it’s important to have a good understanding of how much this metal costs and what its uses are in order to get an accurate estimate of your overall project budget.

Steel is used for supporting walls and roofs as well as columns that keep everything standing strong against pressure from wind or snow loads. The steel used in these structures needs to be strong enough not only at its base but also throughout its length because these buildings are typically built with concrete floors supported by joists made out of wood or metal (usually galvanized).

Concrete Cost

Concrete is the most expensive part of building a community theater. While it may sound like an odd material to use for a community theater, concrete is used in commercial construction and home construction. Its cost varies depending on its location, but generally speaking, it’s about $20 per square foot. A typical theater will need around 25,000 square feet of concrete—so that’s about $500k.

Framing Cost

Framing refers to the skeleton of the building. Framing can be made of wood, steel, or concrete and is used to hold up the roof, walls and floors.

The framing must support all loads that are placed on it such as snow, rain, wind, and people. It also supports itself against uplift forces from its foundations or anchorage in earth. The materials used for framing include:

Drywall Insulation Cost

Drywall is a building material used in construction. It is made of gypsum plaster, which is the mineral gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate) mixed with water and then poured into forms. Drywall is installed by hanging it on the studs of a wall to make it easier for you to work on your project.

After installation, drywall needs to be finished with joint compound and sanded smooth before painting.

Interior Finishes Cost

Interior Finishes

Carpeting costs vary widely, depending on the type and quality of carpet you choose. You may spend anywhere from $1 per square foot for basic berber to as much as $30 per square foot for luxury vinyl. If your theater is large, you will likely need to rent a carpet-cleaning machine or have it professionally cleaned to keep up with the wear and tear caused by regular use.

To determine how much paint you’ll need, first decide whether or not you want neutral walls—this will help determine a good starting point for choosing paint colors (which are always best chosen in person). Keep in mind that small rooms tend to look better painted with lighter colors; large rooms might be better served by darker tones that make them seem more intimate and cozy. You can also save money by opting for one color throughout your theater instead of having different shades throughout the space.

Paint typically costs around $20 per gallon if purchased from an interior decorator store like Lowe’s or Home Depot; but if buying from smaller retailers who carry generic brands rather than name-brand paints such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams then expect prices closer towards $10-$15 per gallon on average (this assumes no extras such as primer). If painting multiple rooms at once then it’s possible this cost could vary depending on whether they share a common border wall surface area which would require less paint total than two separate walls without touching each other (thus requiring double coverage).


Often overlooked, painting is an important part of the theater building process. A good paint job can make a big difference on how your theater looks and feels. When choosing colors and materials, keep in mind that you want to use colors you won’t grow tired of quickly. The last thing you want is for your audience to be distracted by peeling paint or worn-out walls.

Before you start painting, make sure the surface needs to be prepped for proper adhesion of the paint (and then apply any necessary primer). In addition, it’s always best practice to prime before painting a surface; this ensures that any imperfections in the underlying material are covered up by a layer of primer before applying color.


Flooring is a major part of any room. It provides structure and support, and it also serves as an aesthetic choice. If you’re not sure what kind of flooring is right for your community theater, read on to learn more about the various types available:

  • Wood flooring
  • Laminate flooring
  • Ceramic tile
  • Carpeting
  • Hardwood flooring

Interior Finishes Cost

Carpeting: $2.00 per square foot, or $250 for a 1,000-square-foot room. Paint (for walls): About $15 per gallon of paint, which is enough to cover 300 square feet and will cost about $50-$60 total. You’ll need two coats and your contractor can tell you how many gallons they’ll need to complete the job. ($30-$40)

Lighting: Ceiling fans are generally installed at an average cost of $150-$300 each; wall sconces will be less expensive but still add up quickly at around $60-$100 each. Adding recessed lighting in a theater setting costs closer to $100 per fixture though it depends on exactly what kind of lighting you want and where it’s being used. ($150-$400)

Plumbing fixtures: These can be very pricey depending on which ones you choose. We recommend taking care of this part since it’s important for safety reasons as well as aesthetic reasons like keeping bugs away from bathrooms/kitchens etcetera…($4,500).

Electrical Work Cost

The electrical work cost of a community theater can vary depending on the size of the theater. You need to consider that each theater will have different needs and requirements. For example, a small theater may only require a limited number of outlets, while a larger one may require several poles for lighting fixtures.

The cost also depends on the number and type of electrical fixtures required in your design plans. This includes wall sconces, track lighting and other decorative lights as well as cable boxes with outlets and switches for equipment such as power strips or extension cords (allowing multiple items to be powered from one outlet).

Plumbing Cost

The cost of plumbing is typically a small percentage of the total cost. The cost of plumbing is dependent on the size of the building and how complex it will be to install. Usually, the more complex a building is, the higher its plumbing costs will be—but this isn’t always true. Some builders are more efficient than others, so even if you’re building something that seems very simple, there might still be hidden costs in your plumbing design (like using premium-grade piping).

The quality of materials also affects your final bill for plumping systems. If you choose poor-quality materials or don’t use enough pipe insulation, then there’s no way around paying extra for repairs down the road—and those repairs will eat into any budget savings made by using cheaper materials in construction.


This post has been a comprehensive summary of the cost to build a community theater. We have covered everything you need to know about building your own space for all your artistic endeavors. All in all, the process is not difficult and does not require an expert – anyone can do it. We hope that this article inspired you to create your own space where everyone can enjoy art together. If you have any questions about any part of this process, don’t hesitate to reach out – we are always here for support.

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