College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

The Sottile Theater began as a vaudeville and movie theater in the early 1920s and was an example of the great movie palaces of the era before being converted into an auditorium for the College of Charleston.

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Sottile Theater
Sottile Theater College of Charleston

The Sottile Theater had been plagued by moisture problems for years, primarily due to an uninsulated attic which opened into the theater below through stage light slots. SMHa completed renovations in 2007, developing a technical solution and working with consultants to upgrade the HVAC systems. Existing condition investigations revealed code violations in the attic, particularly old wooden catwalks and hazardous areas unsafe for passage. New steel catwalks were installed to meet current code and allow theater staff to navigate safely. The attic roof was insulated with spray foam insulation, and other minor work was done to upgrade this fine arts venue.