The theater was designed with inspiration from artist Mark Rothko, known for faded edge transitions from color to color. A convex dome shaped sound absorbing ceiling incorporates a shift from warm gold tint to deep red with diagonally cut cone shaped skylights of various sizes. Progressing through the room there are changes of color, light, sizes, and shapes. This room serves as a sound absorbing reception space, concourse level cabaret, back-stage and catering area.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce awarded Caples Jefferson Architects with First Prize for Design Excellence for the project.
The space preserves and frames views of the ruins of Philip Johnson’s Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.