The Rock and Roll Playhouse (RRPH) is a new concept in family friendly entertainment, located at 280 Bond Street in Brooklyn. The nearly hundred-year-‐old building that the RRPH occupies is currently undergoing a complete renovation, scheduled for completion later this year. In renovating, it is our goal to preserve the historic details of this beautiful building, while making a series of improvements to create a safe environment for family learning and entertainment in accordance with the RRPH mission.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse will offer family friendly programming in our theater during the day, as well as programming for adults, such as educational talks, jazz and theatrical performances in the evenings. We have partnered with our friends at Blue Ribbon Restaurants to offer a full food and beverage program in the restaurant seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our education team has created developmentally appropriate programming for four age ranges: Babies (under 1 year old), Little Rockers (2-4 years old), Rockers (5-7 years old) and Big Rockers (8-10 years old). We expect for RRPH to offer over 20 different programs for these various age groups including: Beatles for Babies, Little Rockers, Rockers, and Big Rockers; Reggae for Babies and Little Rockers; Rock and Roll Storytime for Little Rockers; a theatrical Rock and Roll Stories for Rockers; World Music for all age groups; Drawing Rock and Roll; and Introductory programs focused on Songwriting, Guitar, Percussion and Keyboards.
All of our programming is designed for children and their families. Parents and caregivers will play an important role in our programming and workshops. Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver at the RRPH at all times. Membership will be required of all guests of the RRPH. Different levels will be available, including free one-day passes up to annual memberships.
The RRPH is designed to be a family friendly space. Attention has been given to the stage height and other design details such as rounded corners on dining tables, all to make the space child-friendly. All of our bathrooms are single occupancy to make it easier for parents and caregivers to take children to the bathroom. Bathrooms are equipped with changing stations and child friendly accessories such as step stools for our littlest guests.
The RRPH will also host birthday parties for children 10-years old and under. Parties for our youngest children will have musical themes and older children will be able to make their own music.
Food by Blue Ribbon
The RRPH will offer breakfast service by Blue Ribbon. The Lunch menu will be available after 11:30am and Family Dinner will be served from 5pm-8pm. The Blue Ribbon menu will focus on healthy and hearty options that both children and adults will enjoy.
After our family dinner service, Blue Ribbon will continue serving dinner and a light menu to adult guests. We will continue to serve food into the evening to meet demand, but will stop serving food no later than 1am. The indoor restaurant has seating for 29 people. The defined outdoor seating for the restaurant has seating for 25 people.
The seated dining outdoor space will remain open until 11pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends, in accordance with the requests of Community Board 6 on other local businesses. All customers will enter the courtyard from within the restaurant, and not the street front emergency exit.
The outdoor space was designed with trees and bushes to diffuse sound, and we are also exploring awnings and coverings to offer additional sound attenuation.
As part of our ongoing dialog with the Department of Buildings and local officials, we are reviewing if the current 16-foot tall walls surrounding the courtyard can be allowed to remain at such height in order to offer additional sound protection.
We will stop serving alcohol at 1am, in accordance with the recommendations of Community Board 6 on other nearby establishments, and we will close for the evening no later than 2am. It is expected that RRPH will close earlier most evenings.
A thoughtful beverage program will be offered with 3-4 beers on tap as well as quality wines. We are looking to partner with local vendors to supply these beverages. While we will offer a full-service beverage program, we will not offer bottle service.
Evening Theater Programming
Music, lectures and other performances appropriate to the setting and mission of the RRPH will be held in the indoor theater and accompany the evening programming on certain nights. The theater is a 96 person seated venue set up with tables and chairs. There will not be food or beverage service to the tables in the theater. Food and beverages will be available for purchase for the theater through the lobby concession area.
Our evening music programming will feature Jazz performers and other quieter performances, and we will begin such programming in the months following opening and the successful ramp-‐up of the daytime activities taking into account the communities feedback. Our acoustician (Technological Design Studios) is an important part of our design team, and has implemented a series of elements to minimize sound transmission.
To ensure the safety of our guests, we expect to have members of our team who are licensed security guards on premise at times as appropriate. Total legal capacity for the Playhouse, including the indoor spaces and outdoor courtyard, is 182 persons. The Rock and Roll Playhouse will be a smoke-‐free establishment, both inside and out.
The RRPH team is excited to become a valued part of the community and eager to be good neighbors. We will continue to regularly update the community on the progress of development, and are available to answer any specific questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse Team