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.
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.