Apollo Performing Arts Center


The Apollo Performing Arts Center is a partnership between the Apollo Theater Foundation, the NYS Economic Development Corporation, and a for-profit real estate developer, occupying a new theater expansion of the historic Harlem Victoria Theater. Kostow Greenwood Architects designed a unique cultural facility that can accommodate a variety of programming and will house local cultural partners. The performing arts center will provide support for emerging creatives and help commission new artistic programming.


  • 32,000 square feet
  • New state-of-the-art black box theaters
  • New AV and theatrical lighting systems
  • Shared lobby with concessions
  • Executive offices


The primary driver for the overall design was flexibility in accommodating a multitude of programming. The two new black box theaters were designed to support a range of cultural programming by incorporating a retractable seating system, flexible AV and lighting system, and acoustic isolation. Additions of new backstage and public amenities will help support the future growth of the facility.