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Billie Holiday Theatre

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200-seat theater in Bedford-Stuyvesant offering an alternative to Broadway

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Theater, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Arts and Entertainment, African/ American, Performance

Place Matters Profile

Begun in 1972 as a part of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Arts and Culture Program, the Billie Holiday Theatre brings affordable, quality theater to a community with few venues for live performance.

Housed in the Restoration Plaza complex from its inception over 30 years ago, "The Billie" (as it is known locally) has made it a priority to reach out to its local community with accessible, low-cost, relevant entertainment. Its founding reflects the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's belief that arts and culture are as central to community redevelopment as social and economic services. And clearly there is strong community support for the theater--it now regularly attracts over 30,000 audience members during its 40-week season.

The Billie has also been a refuge for black actors, playwrights, designers and other creative individuals in the theater industry, providing them an opportunity to work and nurture their talents in a field that has not...

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The Billie Holiday Theatre


Anonymous Nominator

This is a nice little place that's reasonable compared to Broadway. The seats are comfortable. It is also conveniently located near buses and trains.

Lionel Braithwaite

The Billie Holiday Theatre brings education and entertainment into the community. It brings our art to us as a people. It's important for the neighborhood and the nation because the culture then explains the nature of all. The shows are high quality and economical. The theatre is comfortable. Enter through the Restoration's large lobby to come and see what it's all about.

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