New York City Center has unveiled a $75m plan to renovate its historic facility in Manhattan.
Designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, the work involves upgrading the building canopy with new lighting, improved seating and new amenities, while inside, the mosaic walls, arabesque ceilings and intricate plasterwork will be restored.
Incorporating the neo-Moorish design motif, the original box office lobby and mezzanine lobby will be restored, and a redesigned street level lobby and patrons lounge will be added.
Upgrades in the auditorium will involve replacing the stage floor, resloping of the other floors to improve sightlines, and providing improved seating and accessibility arrangements.
Backstage, the dressing rooms will be completely refurbished and up-to-date theatrical support systems added.
The theatre’s restroom facilities will be increased by 50% and include adding Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant toilets.
The renovation will be carried out in two phases, from April to September 2010 and from mid March to October 2011.
The City of New York has pledged $35.6m towards the project.