Building Better Theaters describes the process of designing a theater. From the initial decision to build through opening night, Mr. Mell's book provides a step-by-step guide to the design and construction of performing arts facilities. Building Better Theaters includes chapters discussing: assembling your team, selecting an architect, different construction methods, the architectural design process, construction of the theater, theatrical systems and equipment, the stage, backstage, the auditorium, ADA requirements and the lobby. Each chapter clearly describes what to expect and how to avoid surprises. Building Better Theaters is a must-read for architects, planners, performing arts groups, educators and anyone who may be considering building or renovating a theater. ©2006.