Adelphi Theatre (New York City)

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"Adelphi Theater" redirects here. For the London theatre, see Adelphi Theatre.

The Adelphi Theatre (1934–1940 and 1944–1958), originally named the Craig Theatre, opened on December 24, 1928. The Adelphi was located at 152 West 54th Street in New York City, with 1,434 seats.[1] The theater was taken over by the Federal Theater Project in 1934 and renamed the Adelphi. The theater was renamed the Radiant Center by The Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians in 1940. It was then the Yiddish Arts Theater (1943), and renamed the Adelphi Theater on April 20, 1944, when it was acquired by the Shuberts. It became a DuMont Television Network studio in the 1950s. The "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymooners were filmed in this facility by DuMont using their Electronicam system for broadcast on CBS at a later date during the 1955–56 television season. The theater returned to legitimate use in 1957, was renamed the 54th Street Theater in 1958, and finally the George Abbott Theater in 1965. The building was razed in 1970, after hosting several expensive flops.

Hilton New York owned the property immediately west of the hotel and held it for expansion. In 1989 an office tower 1325 Avenue of the Americas was built on the site. The building uses its Hilton Sixth Avenue address although it is closer to Seventh Avenue. The two buildings are connected via a walkway. In popular culture the building is used for the exterior shot of Elaine's office in Seinfeld.[2][3]

Famous productions[edit]

Poster by Aida McKenzie for Federal Theatre Project presentation of Sing for Your Supper at the Adelphi Theatre. (between 1936 and 1939)

Musical theater star William Gaxton (Anything Goes, Of Thee I Sing, A Connecticut Yankee, etc.) referred to it as "the dump of dumps".[citation needed] It was usually the house that long-running Broadway hits moved to for the final weeks or months of their runs. (The Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme musical Golden Rainbow played its final performances there, too.) The last musical to play there was the one-performance flop Gantry starring Robert Shaw & Rita Moreno. No Strings and On The Town moved to more centrally located theaters (The Broadhurst and The Shubert, respectively) as soon as possible.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internet Broadway Database: Adelphi Theatre (Retrieved on November 30, 2007)
  2. ^ Emporis GmbH. "1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, U.S.A.". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  3. ^ "The Midtown Book: 1325 Avenue of the Americas". Thecityreview.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  4. ^ "George Abbott Theatre". IBDB. 

Coordinates: 40°45′45″N 73°58′46″W / 40.76250°N 73.97944°W / 40.76250; -73.97944