Enjoying live music is rare or nonexistent these days, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new startup, called the Vertical Theater Group, hopes to let people experience live performances, and save the industry behind it as well. The company aims to launch touring performances by bringing a pop-up, prefabricated theater, which mandates social distancing by design:
The building itself is designed by Stufish Entertainment Architects, which has crafted tour stages for everyone from Monty Python to Beyoncé. Its core premise is to turn nearly every seat into a private balcony, squeezing groups of 4 to 12 people into each pod, adding up to a max capacity of 2,400. The floor level could be seated with six feet of social distance, or packed tighter if and when a pandemic isn’t our chief concern. The structure is made to adapt to acceptable densities over time.
Meanwhile, fresh air constantly flows in through its open-walled design (the structure can be wrapped during winter, but it’s more of a three-seasons design at heart), and a simple roof protects from rain. None of these eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19, of course.
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