World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Gaiety Theatre (New York City)

Article Id: WHEBN0020938457
Reproduction Date:

Title: Gaiety Theatre (New York City)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Morosco Theatre, Cora Witherspoon, Times Square, Jonathan Hole, Olympia Theatre (New York City)
Collection: Broadway Theatres, Times Square
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Gaiety Theatre (New York City)

For the unrelated gay male burlesque that was established in 1976 across the street see Gaiety Theatre, New York (male burlesque)
Gaiety Theatre
Victoria Theatre, Embassy 5
Address 1547 Broadway
New York City
United States
Type Broadway
Construction
Opened 1909
Demolished 1982

The Gaiety Theatre was a Broadway theatre at 1547 Broadway in New York City from 1909 until 1982, when it was torn down.

The office building that housed the theatre The Gaiety Building has been called the Black Tin Pan Alley for the number of African-American song-writers, who rented office space there.

It was designed by Herts & Tallant and owned by


External links

  1. ^ a b c d Broadway: An Encyclopedia by Ken Bloom - Routledge; 2 edition (November 11, 2003) ISBN 0-415-93704-3

References

The office building above the Gaiety was popular among black composers who were not allowed in the Brill Building. Among them were Harry Pace, W.C. Handy, Clarence Williams (musician), Perry Bradford, Bert Williams, and Will Vodery. Andy Razaf would pick up his mail there.[1]

Black Tin Pan Alley

In 1982 it was torn down to make way for the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

In 1980 it was renamed the Embassy 5.

Embassy 5

A sign on the roof of the theatre went across the neighboring Astor Theatre and was said to be the largest in the world. While originally advertising movies, it would later be best remembered as an advertisement for Budweiser.[1]

It was transformed into a movie theatre in September 1943. In 1944 United Artists leased the theatre for movies and in 1949 Edward Durrell Stone designed a remake of the interior which was expanded to 1,050 seats.

Victoria

In 1932 it became a Minsky's Burlesque which had performances by Ann Corio, Abbott and Costello and Gypsy Rose Lee. In 1943, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia cracked down on burlesque, and it became the Victoria, which initially featured vaudeville performances including Stepin Fetchit.[1]

Minksy's

Contents

  • Minksy's 1
  • Victoria 2
  • Embassy 5 3
  • Black Tin Pan Alley 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The theatre's biggest hit was Lightnin' which played for 1,291 performances starting August 16, 1918. It would become a silent film.

It opened on September 4, 1909 with the Fortune Hunter.

[1]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.