New York, NY
Client: Manhattan Theater Club
Architect: Polshek Partnership Architects
The Biltmore Theater, a neo-Renaissance style building was constructed in 1925. Over the years, many famous names and performances called the Biltmore Theater “home”. In 1987 a fire devastated the Biltmore Theater, and the doors were closed until the Manhattan Theater Club added the theater to its performing arts campus. Extensive renovations and updates were needed before the theater could once again open its doors.
The rear wall of the playhouse was moved forward to create more space for a patron’s lounge, restrooms, upper and lower lobbies. The original seating capacity was reduced from 1,000 seats to 650 seats and the auditorium, the historic finishes and the technical supports were all improved to provide a better theater experience for performers and the audience. The grand re-opening of the Biltmore Theater was in September 2003 and featured the play The Violet Hour.