Vanderbilt Theatre

Infobox Theatre
name = Vanderbilt Theatre

caption =
address = 148 West 48th Street
city = New York City
country =
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longitude =
architect = Eugene De Rosa
owner =
capacity = 780 (est.)
type = Broadway
opened = March 7, 1918
yearsactive = 1918ndash 1939
1953ndash 1954
rebuilt =
closed = 1954
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currentuse = Replaced by parking facility
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The Vanderbilt Theatre was a New York City Broadway theatre, designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for producer Lyle Andrews. It opened in 1918, [ "Vanderbilt Theatre (Built: 1918 Demolished: 1954 Closed: 1954"] "Internet Broadway Database" (Retrieved on February 22, 2008)] located at 148 West 48th Street. The theatre was demolished in 1954.

The 780-seat theatre hosted the long-running musical "Irene" from 1919 to 1921. In the mid-1920s, several Rogers and Hart musicals played at the theatre. Andrews lost the theatre during the Great Depression, and in 1931 it was briefly re-named the Tobis to show German films. The experiment was a failure, and the theatre returned to legitimate use. No new shows played at the theatre from 1939 until 1953, as it was used as a radio studio, first by NBC, then by ABC, until 1952. Irving Maidman purchased the theatre and began to produce new shows in 1953, but after a year the theatre was demolished to build a six story parking garage. [ [ Information from the World-theatres website] ]

Notable Productions

*1919: "Irene"
*1926: "The Girl Friend"
*1926: "Peggy-Ann"
*1927: "A Connecticut Yankee"
*1935: "Mulatto" by Langston Hughes


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