Recently, planners have been eager to engage event attendees with nontraditional venue spaces. One increasingly popular idea is implementing music venues as an event space option. These various venues enhance the setting and atmosphere of events creating an intriguing space.
The first of these venues is Apollo Theater located in Harlem, Manhattan. This space has been operating for 85 years and has consistently played a role in developing culturally diverse artists. The Apollo Theater offers 4,891 square feet of event space with a banquet capacity of 450, a theater capacity of 1,526 and a reception capacity of 600 attendees.
Another stellar music venue is Flushing Town Hall located in Flushing, Queens. This building was originally built in 1862 and has been used as a courthouse, a bank, a jail, assembly hall and a venue for traveling theatrical shows. This landmark venue offers 3,800 total square feet of event space with a banquet capacity of 200, a theater capacity of 314 and reception accommodations for up to 3,271 attendees.
Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn is another nontraditional venue located in New York City. This theatre has been a staple in the Brooklyn community for almost 90 years. Originally serving as one of the five “Loew’s Wonder Theatres," the space was redesigned and opened again in 2015 as a live performance venue. Kings Theatre offers 93,000 square feet of space with eight different meeting rooms. Its banquet capacity is 500 and its theater can accommodate up to 3,271 guests.
Located in Jerome Park, The Bronx, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts also offers an eccentric space for meetings and events. As the largest music venue in the Bronx, the space includes 2,310 seats in the concert hall and after renovations are completed, approximately 5,600 square feet will be added. Currently the concert hall is in its 38th season and features rich culture with a variety of artistic disciplines.
Finally, the St. George Theatre, located in St. George, Staten Island, has been a cultural hotspot since its opening in 1929. The theatre recently underwent renovations that incorporated modern elements to the performance venue. The space now offers 25,000 total square feet for meeting and events with a theater capacity of 1903 guests and reception accommodations for up to 300.
Several other nontraditional meeting and event spaces worth mentioning are located in the musically centered Williamsburg, Brooklyn and include the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade NYC, and Brooklyn Steel. They are all unique music venue-turned event spaces and offer several unique features for planners.