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Stephen Sondheim Theatre

2009 , New York, NY
Design Architect: Cook + Fox Architects
Client: The Durst Organization / Bank of America
Categories: Cultural & Public Spaces Retail and Entertainment
About project
About project

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly Henry Miller’s Theatre) was reconstructed with the goal of creating a modern Broadway playhouse that captures the intimacy and proportions of the original 1918 theatre designed by Allen, Ingalls & Hoffman

Housed within One Bryant Park, this Broadway Theatre was renovated and revitalized to provide audiences with excellent sightlines, spacious and accessible audience amenities, and a newly configured auditorium. The historic, Neo-classical style landmarked façade was preserved and restored; the oval reception room, doors, and decorative plasterwork, including the iconic urns marking the 43rd Street entrance, were salvaged and incorporated into the new design; and seating was increased to 1,000. A sophisticated acoustics system was integrated, as well as a larger orchestra pit and a fully functional fly-tower and scene loading facilities. The mezzanine is at street level in the theatre and patrons go down one level to the orchestra, where two-thirds of the seating is located.

New amenities include improved public circulation, box office and concessions areas, with a spacious lobby bar at the orchestra level, a bar, and café at the ground level, a restaurant on the upper mezzanine. The new theatre is fully accessible with 20 wheelchair viewing positions. This project, which was designed to LEED®Gold standards, was the first theatre in New York to meet the environmental standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Location: New York, NY
Design Architect: Cook + Fox Architects
Architect of Record: Adamson Associates Architects
Client: The Durst Organization / Bank of America
Size: 50,000 sf / 4,645 sm
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LEED® Gold Certified
Completion: 2009