Black Lady Theatre Reopens After 18 Years

One of the murals inside the Black Lady Theatre shows an African woman as slave ships approach. (Photo by Caleb Caldwell via Brooklyn Paper)

One of the murals inside the Black Lady Theatre shows an African woman as slave ships approach. (Photo by Caleb Caldwell via Brooklyn Paper)

The Black Lady Theatre in Crown Heights will be open to the public for the first time since 1998 as part of the Open House New York tour Oct. 15-16, reports Alexandra Simon for Brooklyn Paper.

“Back in the ’80s people rallied there, had think tank meetings, and town meetings — a lot of prominent black people have spoken in this theater,” said Christie Williams, administrator for the Black Lady Theatre. “The Black Lady Theatre served as a hub for local artists, and it served to stage plays and independent films. Now we want to let people know ‘Hey, we’re open.’”

Inside, visitors can see the amphitheater and its 51-foot-wide stage, which is currently being renovated. They can also view murals of influential black figures, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Marcus Garvey, which once graced the lobby of the Slave One theater. The artwork offers an essential view of black history in America, said Williams.

Brooklyn Paper notes that its sister theater, the Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy, also served as the gathering spot for the borough’s Black empowerment movement in the ‘80s. However, Williams does not want the Black Lady Theatre to meet the same fate as the Slave Theater. For more on this and the tour, go to Brooklyn Paper.

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