RECOMMENDED PRACTICE: LIGHTING THEATERS AND WORSHIP SPACES
|Publication Date:||6 January 2020|
This RP considers the factors involved in achieving a successful, functioning space for live performances. It outlines the unique nature of these facilities and general techniques for creative lighting, but leaves the details to architects and the special consultants involved in the design of these spaces.
As a complete review and revision of prior documents on these topics, this RP incorporates the latest design and application information associated with contemporary theatrical and worship architecture, lighting positions in both the house and stage areas, typical lighting instruments and layouts, the effects of lighting on mechanical and acoustical elements, and the lighting controls used for activities and presentations.
This document provides specialized information on assembly spaces, as a component of larger facilities. It primarily addresses specifics that should influence lighting instrument and light source selection, as well as final layouts based on project programming and architectural requirements and limitations. Other room types-those not specific to assembly, performance, or worship-are covered in ANSI/IES RP-10-20, Recommended Practice: Lighting Common Applications.4
In this RP, the term "theater" means a space to present live performances, including all necessary ancillary facilities. Theaters may be found in facilities such as lecture and concert halls, churches, platforms, motion picture houses, portions of restaurants, and sports arenas.