Frank Gehry-designed theater slated for February opening

From left: Architect Frank Gehry, MiMA at 555 West 42nd Street and a rendering of the new Signature Theater

Before architect Frank Gehry regained favor among New Yorkers with projects like 8 Spruce Street, one of the few projects he landed was the renovation of a new space for the 20-year-old Signature Theater Company, according to Media Bistro.

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The new theater, located within the Signature Center at 555 West 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th avenues, is slated to open in February 2012. It will house 11 playwrights and have three theaters, a studio theater, a rehearsal studio and a public cafe and bookstore.

The theater purchased the commercial unit within the Related Companies’ MiMA tower for $6.66 million in August, and the city is contributing $25 million to the new theater.

The $66 million project is the largest non-profit performing arts center in the city since Lincoln Center opened more than 50 years ago. [Media Bistro]

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