Credit: Fred Charles

New World Stages

A new, multi-theater venue for Off-Broadway productions establishes a community of performance spaces just steps away from the Broadway theater district.

The former Worldwide Plaza movie multiplex in midtown Manhattan has been transformed into an exciting cluster of five live production theaters. The new venue includes two 499-seat theaters, two 360-seat theaters, one 199-seat theater, and can accommodate 2,000 theatergoers and as many as five different shows at a time. A lively new lobby and gathering area is at the heart of the new complex, where a wall of light-featuring projections on a metal-mesh scrim rises dramatically into the double-height space. The light wall also serves as a cue for audiences, as large numerals—one for each of the five theaters—light up behind the scrim to alert patrons that a show is about to begin. To enter the theaters from the second level, patrons pass through a series of walkways and bridges that provide an elevated view into the lobby space below.



Dodger Theatricals


New York, NY


61,300 SF



Construction Cost

$15 million