Studio 54

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019 Studio 54 originally opened as the Gallo Opera House in 1927 with a production of La Boheme.  Impresario Fortune Gallo struggled financially with the opera and eventually began producing nonmusical productions such as Electra, starring Antoinette Perry.  After constant failures, the venue was sold in foreclosure after ..

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The Al Hirschfeld Theatre

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre

302 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Al Hirschfeld Theatre openedMadame Pompadour.  Wonderful Town.  The Wedding Singer, A Tale of Two Cities, Elf.   Share

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The Ambassador Theatre

The Ambassador Theatre

219 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019   The Ambassador Theatre was designed for the Shuberts by architect Herbert J. Krapp and opened on February 11, 1921, with the musical The Rose Girl.  To fit the maximum number of seats possible, the theatre is positioned diagonally on its site.  As a result, stage-wing space ..

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The American Airlines Theatre

The American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street New York, NY  10036 The American Airlines Theatre was designed by George Keister and built by the Selwyn brothers, Edgar and Archie, in 1918.  Originally named the Selwyn Theatre, the theatre is a historic Italian Renaissance style Broadway venue.  When built, its most unique feature was separate smoking rooms for men and ..

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The August Wilson Theatre

The August Wilson Theatre

245 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10036 The August Wilson Theatre was designed by architects C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim and constructed by the Theatre Guild.  In 1925, it opened as the Guild Theatre with a revival of Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw.  The venue was rented out to WOR-Mutual Radio ..

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The Belasco Theatre

The Belasco Theatre

111 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 The Belasco Theatre was opened by David Belasco on October 16, 1907 as the Stuyvesant Theatre.  He had already bestowed his name on his 42nd Street playhouse (currently known as the New Victory), but when he resigned from that theatre in 1910, he renamed the Stuyvesant the ..

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The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

242 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036   The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre was constructed in 1927 as the Royale Theatre by the Chanin Brothers.  It was built as part of a three-theatre facility that included the Majestic and the John Golden (formerly known as the Theatre Masque).  This design allowed producers to move ..

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The Booth Theatre

The Booth Theatre

222 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Booth Theatre was built by Lee Shubert and Winthrop Ames for actor Edwin Booth.  The site was the second New York theatre to take on this name.  Ames’s father wanted to continue the actor’s legacy, so the construction of the theatre not only honored Booth, but ..

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The Broadhurst Theatre

The Broadhurst Theatre

235 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036   The Broadhurst Theatre, which opened in 1917 with a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance, is named after playwright George H. Broadhurst. Broadhurst, who was from England, came to America in 1886. Along with being a playwright, he was also managed venues, running various theatres in ..

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The Broadway Theatre

The Broadway Theatre

Broadway at 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 The Broadway Theatre opened in 1924 as B.S. Moss’s Colony, a premiere film house.  B.S. Moss hired architect Eugene DeRosa to design the building as part of his movie theatre chain, many of which also housed vaudeville.  Since the theatre was so large, the space was perfect ..

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The Brooks Atkinson Theatre

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre

256 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 Originally built as the Mansfield Theatre by the Chanin brothers, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre opened on February 15, 1926.  It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp.  It was abandoned after 1933 until Michael Myerberg bought it in 1945 and rented it to CBS for television productions.  ..

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The Circle in the Square Theatre

The Circle in the Square Theatre

1633 Broadway New York, NY 10019 The original Circle in the Square was founded in Greenwich Village in 1951, and it did not have a theatre license. The original Circle in the Square was founded by Paul Libin, Theodore Mann, and Jose Quintero in 1951 and was located in Greenwich Village.  They did not have ..

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The Cort Theatre

The Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street New York, NY 10036 The Cort Theatre is the only existing and functioning legitimate theatre designed by Thomas Lamb.  Lamb’s exterior design was inspired by the 18th century French Petit Trianon at Versailles and his interior design by the architecture from the period of Louis XVI.  The stage’s arch is comprised ..

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The Ethel Barrymore Theatre

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is the last theatre Lee and J.J. Shubert constructed, and it is the only surviving theatre that the Shuberts built for performers who were associated with them.  Designed by Herbert J. Krapp for renowned actress Ethel Barrymore (extremely popular in New York and ..

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The Eugene O’ Neill Theatre

The Eugene O’ Neill Theatre

230 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019 The Eugene O’ Neill Theatre opened on November 24, 1925, with the musical Mayflowers.  It was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built for the Shuberts as part of a three-hotel complex named in honor of the 19th century tragedian Edwin Forrest.  In 1945, the theatre was ..

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The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Shuberts constructed the Gerald Schoenfeld (originally named the Plymouth) in 1917 along with the adjoining Broadhurst.  It was architect Herbert Krapp’s first independent design contract.  The venue was originally rented out to producer Arthur M. Hopkins.  It opened with a production of Sweet Calamity followed by ..

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The Gershwin Theatre

The Gershwin Theatre

222 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 The Gershwin Theatre opened on November 28, 1972 as the Uris.  It was the first new legitimate theatre built on Broadway since 1928.  Gerald Oestreicher rented it out for 30 years, and the opening production was Via Galactica, a space musical starring Raul Julia.  The show closed ..

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The Helen Hayes Theatre

The Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 The Helen Hayes Theatre was designed by architect Harry Creighton Ingalls, and built by Winthrop Ames.  It was originally named the Little Theatre because of its small size and dedication to housing intimate productions.  On March 12, 1912, the theatre opened with The Pigeon by John Galsworthy.  Herbert J. Krapp ..

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The Imperial Theatre

The Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Imperial Theatre was the Shubert’s fiftieth New York venue and was constructed to house musical theatre hits.  The theatre was built to replace the Shubert’s 20 year old Lyric Theatre.  The Imperial opened in 1923 with Mary Jane McKane.  Broadway’s biggest money-maker followed in 1924 with ..

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The John Golden Theatre

The John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The John Golden Theatre was originally constructed in 1927 as the Theatre Masque by the Chanin Brothers.  It was part of a facility that included the Royale and the Majestic.  The Theatre Masque was the most intimate of the three theatres and was created for serious dramas.  ..

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The Longacre Theatre

The Longacre Theatre

220 West 48th Street New York, NY 10036   The Longacre Theatre was constructed by producer/manager H.H. Frazee (the owner of the Boston Red Sox who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees).  He named the theatre after Longacre Square, which is now known as Times Square.  Frazee’s notable productions at the Longacre include Kick In ..

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The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre opened in 1910 and was originally named The Globe, after Shakespeare’s theatre in England.  The theatre was designed with a retractable roof to allow the theatre to remain open and stay cool during the summer months.  In the early years of this venue, the ..

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The Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036   The Lyceum Theatre was constructed by producer-manager David Frohman in 1903 and is Broadway’s oldest consistently operating legitimate theatre.  Its opening production was The Proud Prince.  The theatre was designed by architects Hert and Tallant in the Beaux Arts style.  When it opened the building presented ..

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The Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre

213 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 The Lyric Theatre, formerly the Foxwoods Theatre, opened as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in 1997 on the site of the former Apollo and original Lyric Theatres.  Both of these venues were neglected in the early 1990s.  They were eventually reclaimed by the City and ..

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The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre

247 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 The Chanin Brothers constructed the Majestic Theatre in 1927 as part of a three-theatre facility that also included the Royale and the Theatre Masque (now the John Golden).  The Majestic is a large musical house, and it supplemented the other two theatres, allowing producers to move shows ..

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The Marquis Theatre

The Marquis Theatre

200 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Marquis Theatre, Broadway’s newest legitimate theatre, opened on August 10, 1986, and is located in the Marriot Marquis Hotel.  It was designed to provide maximum comfort for the audience and actors in an intimate setting.  The theatre presents high ceilings, wide aisles, plenty of restrooms and ..

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The Minskoff Theatre

The Minskoff Theatre

200 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036   The Minskoff Theatre opened on March 13, 1973, and was named after one of New York’s well-known real estate families, Sam Minskoff and Sons.  It opened with a revival of the musical Irene starring Debbie Reynolds and Patsy Kelly.  Architect Mariuca Brancoveanu designed a dramatic new ..

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The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

239 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 The Music Box Theatre was constructed because of an offer Sam H. Harris, a well-known producer, made to his friend Irving Berlin in 1919.  Harris proposed that if the songwriter would create a musical revue, he would find a venue for it.  Berlin wrote The Music Box ..

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The Nederlander Theatre

The Nederlander Theatre

208 West 41st Street New York, NY 10036 The Nederlander was constructed in 1921 and has been known throughout the years by various names. First it was named the National, then it became the Billy Rose, named in 1959 after the famous producer/songwriter who bought it, and in 1979 it became the Trafalgar when James ..

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The Neil Simon Theatre

The Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 The Neil Simon Theatre opened as the Alvin in 1927.  On June 29, 1983, it was renamed in honor of Neil Simon following the successful production of Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Matthew Broderick), which was the first play in an autobiographical trilogy about Simon’s family and youth.  ..

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The New Amsterdam Theatre

The New Amsterdam Theatre

214 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 The New Amsterdam Theatre was built in 1903 by A.L. Erlanger and Marcus Claw.  Architects Herts and Tallant designed the venue in the Art Nouveau style.  It is the oldest surviving Broadway theatre along with the Lyceum Theatre.  The theatre opened in November 1903 with Shakespeare’s A ..

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The Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway New York, NY 10036 The Palace Theatre opened in 1913 and until the 1930s it was the most prestigious vaudeville theatre in the country.  This venue has housed numerous famous performers including Will Rogers, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross.  The Nederlanders converted it into a legitimate theatre ..

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The Richard Rodgers Theatre

The Richard Rodgers Theatre

  226 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 Originally named Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre, the venue was constructed by Irwin Chanin and opened in 1924.  The Shuberts bought the venue in 1931 and renamed it the 46th Street Theatre.  The Nederlander Organization purchased and renovated the theatre in 1982.  It was renamed in 1990 ..

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The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036   On December 7, 1925, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened as the Biltmore. It was renamed in 2008 in honor of the Broadway publicist, Samuel J. Friedman. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened on December 7, 1925 as the Biltmore with the play Easy Come Easy ..

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The Shubert Theatre

The Shubert Theatre

225 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 The Shubert Theatre had its origin in The New Theatre and was located on Central Park West. It was dedicated to serious repertory drama.  Despite the fact that it was a failure, the New Group (which included Lee Shubert) rented out land between 44th and 45th Streets ..

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The St. James Theatre

The St. James Theatre

246 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 Abraham L. Erlanger, theatrical producer and founding member of the Theatrical Syndicate, constructed the St. James Theatre.  It stands on the location of the original Sardi’s restaurant. In 1927, it opened as the Erlanger Theatre with a production of Merry Malones.  In 1930, Erlanger died and the ..

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The Stephen Sondheim Theatre

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre

125 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 Architects Paul R. Allen and Ingalls & Hoffman designed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in the Neo-classical style.  It was constructed by and originally named for actor-producer Henry Miller.  On April 1, 1918, it opened with a production of The Fountain of Youth.  It was the first theatre ..

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The Vivian Beaumont Theatre

The Vivian Beaumont Theatre

150 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023 The Vivian Beaumont Theatre opened on October 21, 1965.  It was designed by the famous architect Eero Saarinen and named in honor of Vivian Beaumont Allen, a renowned New York philanthropist.  The Beaumont was originally the home of The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, which closed in ..

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The Walter Kerr Theatre

The Walter Kerr Theatre

219 West 48th Street New York, NY 10036   The Walter Kerr Theatre was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built by the Shubert family in 1921 as the Ritz Theatre.  Between 1943 and 1965, ABC used the venue as a radio and television studio.  Between 1965 and 1971, the venue remained dormant.  In 1971, ..

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The Winter Garden Theatre

The Winter Garden Theatre

1634 Broadway New York, NY 10019 The Winter Garden was built on and in the second American Horse Exchange. The Exchange had been constructed in 1896 when Longacre Square (now Times Square) was the center of the horse and carriage trade.  The Shuberts rented out the Exchange in 1911 and transformed it into the Winter ..

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