Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Brooklyn Academy of Music affectionately known as BAM is a prominent venue for the latest in performing arts

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe cc licensed photo by Yusuf C

The Brooklyn Academy of Music, known simply as BAM, was founded in 1861 making it the oldest centre of performing arts in the United States.

BAM has operated from its present location since 1908 where its venues include the spectacular Howard Gilman Opera House which seats 2100 patrons; the Rose Cinemas, a four screen theatre that is open every day of year; and the popular BAMcafé BAM also operates the 874 seat Harvey Theatre one block north on Fulton Street.

Each year BAM presents in excess of 200 live performances to an annual audience of over ½ million guests. BAM is well known throughout the art world for it's innovative and sometimes controversial performances.

In addition to hosting many live performances, BAM features daily screenings from it's large collection of classics. Visitors to BAM can enjoy a preshow dinner and refreshments at the very popular BAMcafé which also serves up free live music on Friday and Saturday nights from September through June.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA

Phone: (718) 636-4100

Official Website: Brooklyn Academy of Music


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2, 3, 4, 5, B, or QAtlantic Avenue-Barclays Center6 minutes
CLafayette Avenue5 minutes
GFulton Street4 minutes

How to get to Brooklyn Academy of Music by Subway

Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, N, R, D or Q train to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and depending which exit you take, walk north on 4th Avenue or on Flatbush Avenue to Ashland Place and follow it north to Lafayette Avenue or take the C train to Lafayette Avenue and go west on Fulton Street and a slight left onto Lafayette Avenue or take the G train to Fulton Street and walk west on Lafayette Avenue.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Brooklyn Academy of Music Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful building. I have not attended anything else but the movie theater section and it looks very classy and we'll maintained. The staff are nice and prices for movies are about the same than a regular theater. The movies shown are not Blockbusters which what I like most. The seating is not fully stadium-like but you can still watch and enjoy the movie.

Frank Ruiz - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Very nice theater and staff. Bar is obviously very overpriced. If you come late then you won't be seated until an intermission, but they have a good quality live stream of the show in the lobby.

Andy Ebbin - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating The best cultural venue in Brooklyn. It has everything. Music, dance, film, food, educational programs, social justice events, members lounge, lectures, community events. I've been a member and now as a senior I get free movies w free popcorn and soda, 1/2 off any day of performance, changing magnificent art, and exciting innovative artists. I remember when BAM had to bus people from Manhattan to get them to come. Now it is an international tourist attraction. Thank you, Harvey Lichtenstein!

Seana Anderson - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating I went to this location for a comedy show featuring Gabriel Iglesias for comedy week. It's a very large location, I was slightly nervous that I was going to be in a position that would not be comfortable or whatever terrible view of the stage. I was lucky enough to get a spot that a lot of legroom as I am 5'8" and saw a lot of reviews that said if you were stalling and 5'7" you would be crushed. I can tell there were a few people who are a little bit too tall for their seats, but everyone seemed to be in a comfortable enough position to enjoy the comedy show. These staff members who work there are very kind and helpful. It can't seem to be a slightly small location though, so if you have a problem with small spaces I would avoid going to this location for any big performances.

Larrolyn Ford - 19 days ago

4 Star Rating The only thing i didn't like was that looks that there's no dressing rooms for the performers... They start to take off theirs clothes in front of the audience! (Humans) but is well located, you're in the middle of the street and you don't even notice only when you're going to leave and the street is right in front of you, i like that!

Luis Gomez - 2 months ago


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