ISSUE's Theater at 22 Boerum Place

In 2008, ISSUE was awarded a long-term lease on a theater space in the historic 110 Livingston Street building in Downtown Brooklyn. Offering a centralized location and an audience capacity more than double that of any previous space ISSUE had occupied, the new theater has helped facilitate a degree of publicity and awareness unique for our community of under-recognized artists.


Originally built in 1926 as the headquarters for the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks, the theater features a limestone and terra cotta facade, with Renaissance-revival style features including balustrades, egg-and- dart ornamentation, Corinthian columns, and 40-foot vaulted ceilings. This McKim, Mead & White designed 4,800 square foot theater space provides unique acoustics.


Working with NYC’s Department of Design and Construction, architect WORKac and acoustician ARUP, a first phase of the theater’s $6m renovation began in February 2015 and was completed in late 2015, with a second and final phase planned to begin during 2017.

Once completed, the highly flexible space will have increased capacity and will feature enhanced acoustic and theater systems including new MEP and HVAC. There will also be a new green room/recording studio, a lobby with a box office and concessions, and ISSUE’s administrative offices.

The project was granted an Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York in 2015.

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