Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

Chicago, Illinois

Pepper completed the interior and exterior facade renovation of the historic Biograph Theater as a new, state-of-the-art home for Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, and other artists, to expand the possibilities of their work.

The 299-seat state-of-the-art main stage theater guarantees the intimacy for which the theater’s performances are known. The new Victory Gardens incorporates the latest lighting and sound equipment, as well as generous wing-space, fly-space and a trap system under the stage to enable theatrical magic, which involved extensive structural work.

In addition to the main stage, the Biograph contains a 135-seat studio theater, a terrace-level rehearsal/special events room, a comfortable lobby with an open box-office design and concessions area, increased seating and amenities for people with disabilities, as well as accessible bathrooms.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places & is a Chicago City Landmark. 

Owner: Victory Gardens Theatre
Architect: Daniel P. Coffey & Associates
Owner's Representative: The Alter Group