Queens Theatre in the Park

The project adds management offices, a 75-person cabaret, and a 540-person reception center to the existing theatre, itself a conversion of the Philip Johnson Theaterama of the 1960 World’s Fair. The curving form of the cabaret and the cylindrical structure of the reception center complement the circular geometry of the original round building and the 1991 tower additions.

The transparent curtain wall, curving sunscreens, and spherical acoustical ceiling result in a dramatic point of entry to the world of the performance and to view of the phantasmagoric remains of old Fair dreams.


L'Observatoire International provided the lighting design of the interior, lobby and exterior of the theater building.

Location Queens, New York, USA
Date Completed 2008
Architect Caples Jefferson Architects PC
Client City of New York
Type Performing Arts Centers
size17,000 ft2 / 1,600 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leaders Socorro Sperati James Long