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Redwood City - Cinema Streetscape

Client: City of Redwood City

The Cinema Streetscape is a downtown revitalization catalyst for streets around the new “On Broadwaydowntown Cineplex and the historic Fox Theatre, including a special dining one-block street portion of Middlefield Road between the two buildings called Theatre Way.  Its granite-like unit pavers extend partially over an underground public parking garage and includes a dining terrace adjoining restaurants within the cinema complex, color-changing LED-illuminated light columns, and angled parking spaces amidst tall date palm trees which are flexibly convertible to outdoor dining areas.

A view of the elevated dining terrace adjoining the cinema’s entrance and restaurants.
 

Before

A view of Middlefield Road and the side of the Fox Theatre before redesign.

  • The one-block stretch of Middlefield Road between the Historic Fox Theatre and the new “On Broadway” multiplex cinema and retail complex was an ordinary downtown side street.

Assignment

  • Create a specialized and memorable streetscape to support ground floor dining and entertainment uses in the heart of the entertainment core of downtown Redwood City; accommodate parking, outdoor dining, and special events in a flexible manner.
  • Address the technical challenge of the Cineplex’ underground parking garage extending halfway underneath the street right-of-way.

Outcomes

  • Design began in 2003; Construction was completed in 2006.
  • Recognized with a 2007 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award, under the category, Block, Street, and Building Scale and a 2008 California Redevelopment Association Award of Excellence for Public Space & Linkages.

In collaboration with:

Mark Thomas & Co. Inc., Rempel Architects, SFE Landscape Architects, Architectural Lighting Design