Theater Looks To Light Up Great 'Green' Way
The first new theater to hit Broadway in some time is also being recognized as the first fully green theater to grace the Great White Way. NY1's Jill Scott filed the following report.
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The show hasn't started yet, but the curtain is up on the new Henry Miller's Theater. Located on 43rd Street, this new addition to the theater district is the first new environmentally friendly Broadway theater.
"Broadway is the economic engine of Times Square and so it's incredibly important to keep adding new product and of course in Broadway you have new shows and new product all the time, but this is a new Broadway house -- a modern beautiful Broadway house and that's great for the industry and great for the neighborhood," said Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance.
It's not open yet to the public, but NY1 recently got a sneak peek.
Originally built back in 1918, it's taken on many incarnations over the years. But a few years ago, The Durst Organization decided to rebuild the theater as part of its project to build the Bank of America Tower next door.
The inside of the theater was completely demolished but the original Georgian facade was landmarked and is the only part of the original building that remains.
"The facade of the theater is an historic element that remained in place during the entire construction. While we built a 70-foot foundation hole, we monitored the facade for vibration. We braced it with steel so we could build the brand new building behind it," said Dan Tishman of Tishman Construction Corporation.
The delicate facade now fronts a brand new 1,055-seat auditorium that is so environmentally friendly it will be the first to receive top certification in green construction. The building is made from locally sourced and recycled materials and certified woods, and much of the debris from construction was recycled. Also, the indoor air was a top priority.
"We don't have poisons off-gassing, that new car smell. Those are toxins off-gassing from the formaldehyde and the adhesives. None of that in this theater," said Richard Cook of Cook & Fox Architects. "So we were very careful about the indoor environmental quality and then how we bring fresh air, we are filtering it 95 percent articulate filtration on the air coming in."
The green elements aren't the only thing taking center stage. Since it's new construction, it offers a fresh new modern look while still paying tribute to the theaters original design. Additionally, the back of house is also much more spacious than most Broadway theaters.
One of the greatest amenities in the theater will certainly have female theater goers saying bravo. The ladies room has 22 stalls, three times the required amount.
The men's room is one and a half times the required amount and uses waterless urinals.
The theater will officially open to the public when the Roundabout Theater Company premiers "Bye Bye Birdie" in the fall.