A new entertainment venue is coming to Main Street U.S.A. The venue is inspired by the Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City and promised to bring new entertainment to the park.
The theater capacity is expected to roughly 2000 guests and will have an interior lobby. 1500 guests are expected to have seating in the orchestra level and an additional 500 in the balcony. The expected opening date is by 2021 and the initial show offering is expected to be linked to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.
The theaters location is expected to be on top of the existing management parking facility between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland with guest access being made off the Main Street USA Bypass.
December 13, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting that the theater will hold approximately 2000 guests with 1500 in the Orchesta level and approximately 500 in the balcony.
November 20, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that Disney has filed a water management permit for work related to the theater project. The placement of the theater is roughly on the existing Management Parking lot facility with access coming off the Main Street Bypass.
October 24, 2017: Orlando Theme Park News is reporting that the current backstage parking lot between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland will be closed to Cast Members on October 28th for filming. Following the filming, construction is expected to begin on the new entertainment venue.
July 20, 2017: On the latest episode of The Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed that the new theater will go behind Main Street USA on the Tomorrowland side where the Main Street bypass currently exists. The theater is expected to seat at least 2000 guests and will have an interior lobby. The innagural show is expected to be in place and tied to the 50th Anniversary in 2021 with new shows expected to cycle into the theater.
July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially confirmed that a new entertainment venue is coming to Main Street U.S.A. The venue is inspired by the Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City and promised to bring new entertainment to the park.
The entertainment offering coming to the theater has not been announced.