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.
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.
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
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.
September 14, 2018
Above and below ~ images taken on West 126th Street
Images below taken on West 125th Street.
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.