Queens Theatre began as the Theaterama, one of three structures designed by renowned modernist architect Phillip Johnson to comprise the New York State Pavillion at the 1964 World's Fair. Its neighbors were the triple Astro-View towers, with its 226 and 181-foot high observations decks and 85-foot high restaurant and lounge, and the Tent of Tomorrow, a massive open-air pavillion with a multi-colored fiberglass roof and large-scale map of New York State on its terrazzo floor.
While the Theaterama showed a 360-degree panoramic film on the State of New York inside, its exterior was an equally impressive sight: its façade was adorned with large-scale original artwork by some of the most famous pop artists of the day, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Ellsworth Kelly.
When the fair closed in 1965, the pavilion was one of the few structures spared demolition.
In 1972, Theaterama was converted from a movie theatre to a live entertainment venue. After being managed by a number of organizations, Queens Theatre was officially established in 1989 and, after a $4 million renovation, Queens Theatre officially opened on October 16, 1993 with a gala performance hosted by Kitty Carlisle Hart that honored Queens Borough President Claire Schulman.
Today, Queens Theatre is a vibrant performing arts center with three performance spaces: its 472-seat mainstage theatre, 99-seat studio theatre and its intimate cabaret & cocktail bar. The theatre is committed to presenting world-class theatre, music and dance as well as programming that reflects the diversity of the community that supports it. Queens Theatre’s annual Latino Cultural Festival, is the nation’s largest and most important multi-disciplinary festival of Latino culture, featuring music, theatre, dance, film and family productions, as well as visual art exhibitions.
Queens Theatre is also one of the only performing arts center in the borough that actively develops new works through two New Play Development programs, including Inmigrant Voices Project, a program that develops work that represent the rich cultural diversity of New York City. More than 75 new plays have received staged readings and productions at Queens Theatre, most notably Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, which premiered on Broadway in 2011 in a production that starred Robin Williams and directed by Moises Kaufman.
Four versatile spaces that together can accommodate virtually any private event, including corporate meetings and business conferences,weddings, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, receptions, concerts, workshops and more.
Easily accessible by all major highways that traverse Queens as well as the MTA #7 Flushing Line and various bus routes. Centrally located between LaGuardia and JFK Airports. ADA compliant. Ample convenient, and free parking. Comfortably heated and air conditioned.
Queens Theatre’s skilled technicians and courteous staff will work with you to make your event successful and one you will not forget.
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