The 160-seat Midnight Theatre will be located closer to the Hudson River than Broadway.
An Art Deco-inspired venue is coming to the West Side’s 8-acre, city-within-a-city Manhattan West. Set to begin entertaining New Yorkers on Sept. 21, the city’s newest performance space promises to showcase a wide range of talent while also keeping audiences well fed and boozed.
Midnight will host “experiences” from “the worlds of Broadway, music, magic, comedy and more,” the venture’s creative director, Warren Adcock, told The Post.
Drinks and sustenance will be provided by the separate, but in-house, bar and restaurant, Hidden Leaf, from Lilia and Saint Vitus restaurateur Josh Cohen. That portion has been open since July.
“When paired with the menu at our pan-Asian restaurant Hidden Leaf, we aim to offer guests a unique night on the town that excites all the senses,” added Adcock of showgoers’ ability to eat dim sum and wok dishes while watching magic shows.
The venue also has a street-level aperitivo bar component called Midnight Cafe, which has been slinging craft cocktails and a “high-energy, fun experience, soundtracked to ’70s Italian disco” since last month.
“The idea is you come see a show under our roof and then go get dinner, or vice versa,” Adcock told TimeOut. “We all go to the theater but it’s not the smoothest experience. There are a ton of other people and, if there is a dining component to it, it’s a slice of pizza or a meal in the Theater District following the show. Maybe you’re buying expensive wine at the concession stand. We set out to bring the hospitality component to the theater side of things.”
Mastercard is involved in the space as a sponsor, and has located its new, eponymous “innovative multisensory studio” — consisting of a “270-degree immersive projection system to digitally change the décor of the room” in the theater’s walls.
The idea for the venue was born back in 2018, when Manhattan West developer Brookfield showed Cohen an enormous retail space in the luxury playground of a neighborhood.
“[They] asked him to make a restaurant but the space was huge,” Cohen recalled to TimeOut. “It was 11,000 square feet with a portion of it that had no columns so it was an ideal entertainment space.”
Midnight Theatre is located at 75 Manhattan West Plaza.
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