Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Academy of Music
9,900 SF

The Harvey Theater first opened in 1904 as the “Majestic Theater.” Originally a traditional playhouse for Shakespearean revivals, vaudeville reviews and musicals, the theater was converted into a movie house in 1942, only to be abandoned in 1968. After nearly two decades of neglect, the unique space was acquired in the late 1980s by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) President Harvey Lichtenstein. Mitchell Giurgola worked with BAM to replace the existing seats and reconfigure the seating layout to increase audience comfort, improve sight lines, eliminate awkward seat locations and minimize negative impacts to the overall seat count of 874 seats.