Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe
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

Brooklyn Academy of Music Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Went to see a movie. Spacious and clean. Keep in mind that movies on weekends are shown starting at One but during the week, usually start at 4:30. Last two photos taken in largest theater.
Alan M. - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Top notch theater attached to an iconic multi-cultural performing arts center. As Roger Ebert once said: two thumbs way up 👍🏻👍🏻.
Benjamin Zelditch - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating Place beautiful, chairs are tight . Great sound.
Nicolas Gabot - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Dance Africa 2023!🔥🔥🔥 You are transported from Brooklyn, New York to an authentic African Marketplace in the heart of the Continent 🎶 Always the best of times. Catch the show if you can but don’t let the fun stop there. The African Dance performances inside the Theatre from all over the continent is nothing short of magical💕 The real after party starts right outside the steps of BAM with the sidewalk drumming circle open to all and the friendly street vendors with their unique wares and vibrant selection of eclectic pieces you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether it’s African print yoga mats, to funky hats, to rustic jewelry pieces or one of a kind household items like hand woven African Prints place mats w/matching runners. You name it, the unabashed variety in cultural creativity will take your breath away. Now don’t forget to go there hungry as your tummy will thank you later. Whether you’re vegan or a carnivore there’s something for everyone. From freshly smoked jerk chicken to hot roasted corn 🌽 on the cob, bring small containers to pack an order to go😂 Wait, it gets even better. Your guaranteed to run into a old college friend, neighbor or someone you haven’t seen in ages. It’s like a family reunion, especially when the weather cooperates. I went there in my jeans and a white tee and left decked out in a beautiful Andikra Print piece that can be worn as a shawl or a shirt. Talk about a two-fer! Clear your calendar for 3 days of bliss cause you can’t see it all on one day. Buckle up and brace yourself for an unbelievable experience. See ya out there🥰 Harambe!
AVERY WHITE - 11 months ago

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5 Star Rating One of the top NY States performance venues for the preforming arts. Get your acting on or your music vibes in check, before showing up on this stage. Artisan such as Sarah Bernhardt, Philip Glass, and Arturo Toscanini have preform on there very stage. A nice area to get dinner and go to a show.
Calvin Davis - 11 months ago

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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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