49th Street Theatre

Coordinates: 40°45′42″N 73°59′08″W / 40.761577°N 73.985577°W / 40.761577; -73.985577
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49th Street Theatre
The 49th Street Theatre in December 1921
Former namesCinema 49 (1938–1940)
Address235 West 49th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates40°45′42″N 73°59′08″W / 40.761577°N 73.985577°W / 40.761577; -73.985577
TypeBroadway theatre
OpenedDecember 26, 1921 (1921-12-26)
DemolishedDecember 1940
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp

The 49th Street Theatre (later renamed Cinema 49) was a Broadway theater at 235 West 49th Street in the Theater District of Manhattan in New York City. The 750-seat neo-Renaissance style theater was designed by the architect Herbert J. Krapp for the Shubert Organization.[1] It opened on December 26, 1921, with a performance of Face Value, a comedy by Laurence Grass. Although it had some popular productions, such as the revue La Chauve-Souris and the Aaron Hoffman play Give and Take, the venue was one of the Shuberts' less successful locations.[2] They lost control of the property during the Great Depression. It continued to operate as a playhouse until April 1938. The final theatrical performance at the venue was a production of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. The venue was then converted to show movies and reopened as Cinema 49. The cinema was also unsuccessful and closed in 1940; the building was demolished that December.[3]


  1. ^ "49th Street Theatre, New York". Architecture and Building. Vol. 54, no. 2. February 1922. p. 19.
  2. ^ Bloom, Ken (2007). The Routledge Guide to Broadway (1st ed.). New York: Routledge. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-415-97380-9.
  3. ^ Van Hoogstraten, Nicholas (1991). Lost Broadway Theatres. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-878271-06-8.

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