PYE Properties Unveils Plans to Renovate and Expand Historic Coney Island Shore Theatre in Brooklyn

Rendering of 1301 Surf Avenue - PYE Properties

Local developer PYE Properties has revealed detailed plans to restore and expand the historic Coney Island Shore Theatre into a seven-story commercial venture. Originally completed in 1925, the landmarked property at 1301 Surf Avenue has reportedly sat vacant since 1973.

View of existing structure at 1301 Surf Avenue – PYE Properties

Designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, the conversion would establish a new, high-end hotel property. Amenities would include a rooftop pool and spa, an indoor pool and sauna area, a banquet hall, as well as dining areas on the both the interior and exterior of the development.

New retail components are positioned at the property’s southern and eastern boundaries along Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

Rendering of retail areas at 1301 Surf Avenue – PYE Properties

According to The Falcon Group, the forensic engineering consultants retained to investigate and assess the existing structure, portions of the facade are in great disrepair as a result of poor maintenance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. While an invasive investigation was not performed on the masonry walls, it was determined that sections of the existing enclosure are both unsafe and compromised by years of heavy moisture infiltration.

Dilapidated interiors of the Coney Island Shore Theatre – Cinema Treasures

Proposals to renovate and replace the current facade at the ground-level include new limestone columns to match existing masonry, a new terra cotta cornice, updated windows to better suit a retail component, and fabric awnings. Using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the developer has also proposed deployable flood barriers to reduce the physical and financial impact of a potential flood.

Rendering of flood barriers at 1301 Surf Avenue – PYE Properties

At the second level, a portion of facade is punctuated by oversized arched windows that will be maintained, but updated with fresh metal and glass elements. Above, the south-facing exterior along Surf Avenue will be mostly refurbished with new brick and window treatments. A majority of the eastern peripheral, however, will be completely replaced with modern materials.

The sixth and seventh floors are perhaps the most ornate levels of the building that will support the penthouse guest room and a new private balcony.

Rooftop elevations at 1301 Surf Avenue – PYE Properties

Diagram illustrates an aerial site view of the Coney Island Shore Theatre development – PYE Properties

PYE Properties previously stated redevelopment of The Shore Theatre would serve as the “cultural epicenter “of Coney Island offering a selection of live music, theater, and other events. Updated renderings and elevation documents, however, do not reveal dedicated performance areas within the building. The illustrations also do not specify how many guest rooms the new hotel would contain.

There has been no official comment from the developer regarding the anticipated duration of construction or expected completion.

Preliminary renderings of 1301 Surf Avenue – PYE Properties

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6 Comments on "PYE Properties Unveils Plans to Renovate and Expand Historic Coney Island Shore Theatre in Brooklyn"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Before reaching your report by my comment, I need to talk to some framed renderings. Window that filling on facade so good with curved when you see. (Thank you)

  2. Really??? Finally we got renovation and redesign of this lamdmarked eyesore on Stillwell Avenue!!! For how many years this property was shutdown, more than 3 decades, since I’m from 1989 seeing this, now they finally get started things to be done. Renewed Coney Island General Attraction Area, New Luna Park, Classical Dino’s Ferry Wheel, Parachute Jump Tower, Cyclone Roller Coaster, and this Coney Island Hotel and Theater Building. Across rebuilt Coney Island Stillwell Terminal Subway Complex of 4 separate subway lines. Transit Gate to Coney Island Attraction and Amusement Area and Landmarked 3 mile long Boardwalk and Beaches.
    Finally we will see this one of major historical building in CI neighborhood fully renovated and in full of it’s past and present history!!! Will be finished somewhere in 2020s…

  3. My suggestion, why not turn attached former theater center as Performance Art Center, like new “Oceana Theater”, instead of eyesore building of existing one in Brighton Beach. Latter may became a site of high rise development with new retail/community center. This may relieve congestion of this area and brought a new life to this Coney Island Hotel and Theater complex. With hotel for performers stay there. Terminal Subway Hub, a biggest one in South Brooklyn, and second biggest after Atlantic Barklays Center Transit Hub, will serve well all transit needs for new development.

  4. 5$ Coffee shop on the ground floor, please!

  5. Phil Williams | May 10, 2019 at 10:43 pm | Reply

    A theatre is far, far more important than some dumpy hotel that could easily be built anyyywhere on Surf Ave. RESTORE the old Shore Theatre — that would be the right thing to do. NO developer should be allowed to just tear into old theatres. TYPICAL developers mentality and vision-less politicians in NYC that allow such things. We don’t have true leaders in this town. And what do we get because of this? Crappy, soul-less, glass buildings that 99.9% of the people are justing going to walk-by.

  6. Patricia Kopelakis (o'Neill) | November 14, 2019 at 9:08 am | Reply

    I was born and raised in Coney Island best life a kid could ever have lived on 31st between Mermaid and Neptune ave never knew I was poor because I had the beach on one side and bayon the other and Keiser park across the street. Steeplechase on the weekends with our free passes from Our Lady of Solace church often go back to NATHANS of course and wondered why that beautiful theater was never restored they need a cultural center there would be nice for hotel also but bring back the old musicals and reclaim CI looking forward to booking a room for myself and family to walk them thru the good times for no money that we had in CI

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