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Anderson Center Venue Information

Venue address:

  • 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Venue rented or owned:

  • Rented

Stage dimensions: 

Set construction on or off site:

  • Big unit pieces and smaller set pieces are built and painted off site then torn down to transport if needed. Full construction then happens once in the theatre space.

Wing space:

Fly system:

  • None

Load in:

  • Sunday of opening week; typically, the space becomes ours at noon. Sometimes we get lucky and can take it at 9:00am if there was no group before us using the theatre.

Time onstage before opening:

  •  5 days before opening night

Lighting instruments/equipment:

  • ION XE light board with 52 Leko, 36 Fresnel, 8 movers and 5 CYC lights. House lights are ceiling can lights plus sconces on both sides of house.

Lighting equipment rent/own:

  • Rented: included in space

Lighting control:

  • We have control of all stage and house lights once programmed within the board

Restrictions on use of lighting:

  • We are permitted to add gels, gobos, and adjust position of lights that are moveable, but they all have to be returned to the original state/position at strike.

Available dim channels:

  •  About 150

Sound instruments/equipment:

  • Yamaha Digital mixing console M7CL

Sound equipment rent/own:

  • Rented: included in space minus a few exceptions listed below.

Restrictions on use of sound:

  • If we perform a musical, we must rent wireless mics. The center does not have their own. The hanging mics on stage only send sound to the dressing room, green room, back hallways, scene shop and lobby- they do not project sound to the audience. Those hanging mics are the only sound equipment pieces “preset” for our group and they aren’t even programmed to the mixer properly half the time. We have access to monitors, stand mics and cords but the set up and programming of them is all on us. We also have to provide our own device/connection cords to send out sound effects to the house.

 Other restrictions or limitations that adjudicators should know about:

  • Since this is a shared township government building, we are restricted more than other places. We have no control over parking spaces, where the bathrooms are, or how a different event across the hall may be loud during our intermission (yes, judges have commented on all these things before). We cannot decorate the lobby more than the lobby display board and concession table. We cannot sell or give away alcohol. We cannot use a lot of “special effects” in the sense of confetti, glitter, etc. on the stage or in the house. We cannot sell more tickets than there are seats aka standing room only/add outside seats for a sold-out show.

Website URL:

Year group founded:

  • 1959

 Full time staff? 

  • Paid? No. BPI is 100% volunteer. The Anderson Center has staff however, none of them are trained on any of the equipment in the theatre. If we have a lighting or sound problem, we have to find someone who has worked on our shows in the past to help us. They have an employee in the building during most hours we are there, but they do nothing in aiding our production except for setting out the lobby display board and giving us a table for concessions.

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