Queens Theatre includes an intimate setting with 464 seats in its main stage, an 80-seat black box space and a 75-chair cabaret. The theater presents about 300 performances a year — from dances to concert to theater — to an estimated 100,000 individuals. In addition, local arts organizations rent the site for exhibits.
About 75 percent of patrons are from Queens, and the borough’s diversity is reflected in its programming. The Latino Cultural Festival and the Asian Cultural Fest take place there, as does The Afro-Semitic Experience, a musical show highlighting the African-American and Jewish-American musical heritages.
Inside scoop: The venue sits next to the New York State Pavilion, an extremely popular exhibit during the 1964 World’s Fair with three tall towers, a 26-foot scale replica of the St. Lawrence hydroelectric plant, art from local museums, and Texaco Company’s map of New York State. The map had 567 terrazzo mosaic panels, each weighing 400 pounds. As it is currently not in use, a group called Save the NYS Pavilion and the borough president are fighting to make it a landmark and prevent it from demolition.
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