Light House Studio
A Charlottesville non-profit that teaches digital filmmaking to young people has a new home in the treasured old Vinegar Hill Theater, which closed its doors in 2013. The upgraded facility has classrooms, meeting spaces and a film-making studio with updated audio and visual equipment, as well as a theater for real-life screenings. The interior is spare, with gray concrete floors and white walls, so as not to detract from the creative work happening within. As homage to the building’s roots, original theater seats were retained, as was existing exterior soapstone. An old concession stand was updated. Alexander Nicholson collaborated with Wolf Ackerman Architects on the renovations. Phase II will include a three-story addition.