After two years of ambitious renovations, the Atlantic Theater Company’s new season has just kicked off in a redone space. The company, which was founded in 1985 by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy along with 30 of their acting students from New York University, first rented the former parish hall of St. Peters Church on West 20th Street about 20 years ago. With its current lease expiring in 2039, the company signed off on a project that included significant renovations and the creation of a basement floor. Jon Denham, a principal with Denham Wolf who oversaw the project, reviewed the floor plans with The Commercial Observer and explained how the company was able to double the square footage of the theater by building below. “They loved the feel of the space, they loved the location, but it was just limited in terms of total space and in terms of basic functions and amenities,” he said late last week. “So from the get-go they had a very clear list of objectives that included improving the experience for the audience, better access and circulation, better lobbies, convenient restrooms.”
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