BAM's Opera House is housed in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. The same building also houses:
• BAM Rose Cinemas
• BAM Box Office
• Administrative Offices
The 1908 building was designed by Herts and Tallant—premier theater architects of the period. Its eclectic Beaux Arts style is also seen in other Herts and Tallant designs in New York, including the Lyceum Theatre and the New Amsterdam Theatre. Featuring polychrome terra-cotta and finished in light-colored brick, the building anchors the Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District—designated a New York City Landmark in 1978. The main entrance opens on to Lafayette Avenue with five large double doors embellished with cherub figures. Five corresponding double-height windows extend across the second floor façade. A recent estoration has reclaimed the original building’s elaborate terra-cotta cornice—composed of surprisingly brilliant colors and set with 22 full-sized lions’ heads.
Dating from its first performance in 1861, BAM has grown into a thriving urban arts center that brings international performing arts and film to Brooklyn. BAM's current programming consists of the Next Wave Festival each fall; a spring season of international opera, theater, and dance; a comprehensive Education & Humanities program, and a variety of community programs. Recent additions include BAMcafé, a restaurant and live music venue, opened in 1997 in the third floor Lepercq Space, and BAM Rose Cinemas, a four-screen theater which opened in 1998. One screen is devoted to BAMcinématek, offering daily screenings of repertory classics and special festivals, with frequent guest speakers. The Shakespeare & Co. BAMshop features books, recordings, videos, and gift items geared to BAM's audiences.
Address: 30 Lafayette Avenue
Cross Streets bet. Ashland Place and St. Felix Street
- to Atlantic Ave
- to Lafayette Ave
- to Fulton Street
- to Pacific Street
The LIRR to Flatbush Avenue (Atlantic Avenue Subway Station)
Brooklyn Academy of Music - Howard Gilman Opera House (BAM Opera House) Tips & Links
1. BAM Bus
The BAMbus offers a round-trip service from Manhattan to Brooklyn, departing one hour before every BAM performance in the Howard Gilman Opera house and the Harvey Theater, unless otherwise noted, from the Whitney Museum at Altria, 120 Park Avenue at East 42nd Street.
Immediately following performances, the bus stops at the intersection of Houston and the Bowery, at Astor Place, and proceeds up Third Avenue stopping at 23rd, 34th, 42nd 51st, 60th 72nd and 86th Streets, after which it will cross over to Broadway and stops at 86th, 72nd and 57th Streets and Ninth Avenue.
Bus fare each way is $4 for Subscribers, Friends of BAM, and students with valid ID, all others pay $5. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, stand-by space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718.636.4100 for information and reservations.