Progress on Victoria Theatre ~ 125th Street in Harlem




Loew’s Victoria Theatre, 233 West 125th Street. Image via

Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, the structure was said to be one of the largest, and most beautiful theaters in the New York area.  Built in 1917 at a cost of $250,000, it had a seating capacity of over 2,400 and it is located on the same block as the historic Apollo Theater.

Scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019, the Victoria Theatre will be the new home for Jazzmobile, The Classical Theater of Harlem, Apollo Theater Foundation, Harlem Arts Alliance and two community performance spaces, along with The Harlem Renaissance Hotel by Marriott, and rental apartments.

Victoria Theatre, West 125th Street. September 14, 2018

The theatre, which has been empty since 1989, is scheduled for a redevelopment. The plan will include preserving its historic facade, lobby, marquis and signage and transform the space into 385,000 square feet of mixed use space which will include 191 mixed-income residential rental units, half of which will be affordable – and a 210 room, full-service hotel. The project, located at 233 West 125th Street, will soar to 26 stories.

GothamToGo will be following the Victoria Theatre project from the ground-breaking until the doors open. Below is a chronological update.

Rendering image via

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in April, 2017, hosted by the Lam Group, Exact Capital, and Danforth Development. funders for the project include the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Goldman Sachs, and other sources.

August 30, 2017

Steve Williams, Danforth; henry karelki, falconwood, john & keith Lamb & Tony Tetre, falconwood (L-R)

The site will extend from 125th Street to 126th Street. We stopped by on August 30th (2017) to check on its progress. Images below were taken from West 126th Street, behind the existing Victoria Theatre. The project will cost approximately $178 million, with an anticipated completion date of Spring, 2019.

Photo taken August 30, 2017

Photo taken August 30, 2017


September 14, 2018

View from 126th Street, south west. Image taken on September 14, 2018

Above and below ~ images taken on West 126th Street

View on 126th Street, south side of street, looking east. September 14, 2018
Close-up of work going on at Victoria Theatre renovation. September 14, 2018

Images below taken on West 125th Street.

Wide view of construction above Victoria Theatre on West 125th Street. September 14, 2018
West 125th Street with a view facing north west. September 14, 2018
Close-up of Victoria Theatre renovation from West 125th Street. September 14, 2018
Victoria Theatre, West 125th Street. September 14, 2018
Close-up from West 125th Street. September 14, 2018

We can’t close this post without an image of 125th Street, looking west from Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.  This streetscape will change as the renovated Victoria Theatre begins to rise, and the Renaissance Hotel and Victoria Tower take shape.

Streetscape on 125th Street from Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd looking west. September 14, 2018 (the historic Alhambra Ballroom to the right of Citibank on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, corner of 126th Street.