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 theatre was taken over by the Astor family as they owned the land on which the theatre was built. They renamed it the St. James. In the 1930s, the Shuberts purchased the theatre. In 1957, they involuntarily sold it to William L. McKnight after they lost an antitrust case. In 1958, McKnight renovated and reopened the venue. In 1970, McKnight passed the theatre on to his daughter Virginia and her husband James H. Binger, who had founded the Jujamcyn Theaters.