The beautifully appointed, two-hundred seat Don Buchwald Theatre is located in the new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts on the Brooklyn College campus. The theater and entire new wing was designed by the multiple award-winning team of Pfeiffer Partners Architects. The theater itself is a state-of-the-art performance space with a clean, ultra-moden look while retaining the classic proscenium arch of traditional theater design. The stage includes a dual-level orchestra lift and a motorized acoustic “shell” used for music ensembles. The architects have given the space an airy, expansive feel with its high ceiling, sloped, widely-space seating with tiered seating along the side walls, reminiscent of the box seats of traditional opera houses. An intricate, alternating bas-relief pattern on the walls, while unique and attractive, functions as an effective acoustic treatment, that along with movable acoustic panels, will enhance music clarity and speech intelligibility.
The Don Buchwald Theatre will be the home for many of the concerts, theatrical productions and films of Brooklyn College’s School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts departments–the Conservatory of Music, the Department of Theater and the Film Department.