Theater + Renovation

History of the theater 22 Boerum Place

Originally built in 1926 as the headquarters for the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks, the building features a limestone and terra cotta facade, with Renaissance-revival style features including balustrades, egg-and-dart ornamentation, Corinthian columns, and a 4,800 sq ft. theater space with 40-foot vaulted ceilings and rare perfect acoustics for chamber ensembles. In 1940, the building was converted to serve as the New York City Board of Education headquarters. In 2003, the City of New York sold the building to Two Trees Management LLC. Through a program of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the theater space on the ground floor was reserved for use by a nonprofit cultural organization for 20 years. ISSUE Project Room was competitively selected and signed the lease in December 2008. In 2012, ISSUE moved programs and operations to the theater.

ISSUE's theater is available for private rentals.


Renovation Plans

In 2012 ISSUE completed its capital campaign by raising over $4,000,000 to renovate its space into the last section. The 1926 theater is one of the few authentic European-style jewel box theaters in the United States designed for chamber music. ISSUE will maintain these rare perfect acoustics while expanding its capability for 21st century performance. Once renovated, the theater at 22 Boerum Place will be among New York's most versatile performance venues, with the flexibility to present works from diverse media.

Capital improvements will bring the theater to code as a 199-person theater space, including:

-Rehabilitative re-use of the historic theater for new media and contemporary performance
-Acoustic treatments to accommodate an expanded range of electronic and spoken sound
-Theatrical lighting and speaker systems
-HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire, safety & sprinkler systems
-Artist green room, rehearsal space, and recording studio
-Box office and bar


Timeline

2013 - Architectural drawings developed and finalized with WorkAC.

2014 -City approval of completed designs, construction begins.

Fall 2015 - GRAND OPENING



Photo: Joe Holmes

Supporters

ISSUE gratefully acknowledges current and past support from the following organizations:

Aaron Copland Fund for Music
American Scandinavian Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
Arnow Family Fund
ARUP
Asian Cultural Council
BAI Group, Inc.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation
Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
The Casement Fund
CHORA, A Project of the Metabolic Studio*
Dedalus Foundation
The Edwards Foundation Arts Fund
Experimental Television Center
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Four Star Air Conditioning
The Golden Rule Foundation
Greenwall Foundation
HBO
Independence Community Foundation
Japan Foundation NY
James E. Robison Foundation
Jerome Foundation
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
mediaThe foundation, inc.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Netherland America Foundation
Netherlands Cultural Services
New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York City Council
New York City Council Member Stephen Levin
New York City Council Member Dominic Recchia, Jr.
New York State Council on the Arts
NV/da, LLC
Two Trees Management Co., LLC