Lila Cockrell Theatre
The Lila Cockrell Theatre (LCT), named after a former Mayor of San Antonio, is located in the northeast corner of the Convention Facilities’ complex. The Convention Facilities rest in the shadow of the soaring “Tower of the Americas”, a 750-foot tall facility topped with a revolving restaurant and observation deck. This striking complex, a permanent legacy of the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair is one of the reasons why San Antonio is attracting more than 750,000 delegates every year to conventions, business meetings, trade shows and exhibitions.
Although the Theatre was originally designed for traditional performing arts events such as ballet, symphony and drama, a major renovation in 2010 has enhanced its utility as an ideal venue for multi-media presentations, concerts, lectures and general meetings for large attendance convention events. The large elegant entrance lobby is equipped with a box office, ticket drops and concession stands on all audience levels. Seating is divided among three levels:
Orchestra – 1,392; Mezzanine – 480; and Balcony – 447 for a total of 2,319 comfortable permanent seats. In addition, there is a large accessible area for handicapped guests and their companions.
Located on the river level below the Theatre are two newly renovated meeting rooms. Room 004 opens onto the River Arcade at the Convention Center with a capacity of 290 in 4,300 sq-ft. Room 005 is located within the building and a capacity of 170 in 2,500 sq-ft. Served by new public restrooms and a small catering pantry, these rooms are ideally suited for receptions, as supplemental meeting rooms, and for overflow seating.
This lower level is also the location of a spacious Green Room and seven Dressing Rooms. These latter include two large chorus-size rooms, four smaller principal rooms, and one room dedicated for handicap access. Back-of-house support on this level also includes a laundry and audio-visual support space.
The main stage is a clear 113 feet wide and 60 feet deep with a proscenium opening of 55’-6” wide by 30’-0” feet tall. The stage apron extends 5’-6’’ downstage of the fire pocket. The Orchestra Pit is 8’-0” deep in a half-oval shape. It is 62 feet wide at the sides and 15’ -10” deep at center. A portable pit-filler platform system extends completely across the pit to extend the stage apron. The platform may be completely removed to expose the Orchestra Pit or used at the Auditorium floor level at approximately 4’-1” below stage level. The stage technical systems consist of an integrated performance audio system, audio-video infrastructure for cameras and projectors, a fully networked stage and architectural lighting system, and a complement of manually-operated counterweight line sets with motorized stage electrics. The details of these systems are outlined in specific detail below. The loading dock is at stage level with two 16’ x 16’ loading doors. Access to docks is off of Market Street via a driveway pass through the Grand Hyatt Hotel.