The Hudson Theatre in 2003.
|Address||145 West 44th Street|
|City||New York City|
|Architect||J.B. McElfatrick, Israels & Harder|
|Owned by||Millennium & Copthorne Hotels|
|Current use||conference center|
The Hudson Theatre is a former Broadway theater located at 141 West 44th Street, in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Today the Hudson functions as a conference center and television studio. It is owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.
The theater was designed by architects J.B. McElfatrick, Israels & Harder in 1903. It was built by theatrical producer Henry B. Harris and was managed by his wife after his death on the RMS Titanic. From the 1930s through the 1950s the theater was used as a radio and television studio. From 1934-37 as a CBS Radio Playhouse and in 1950 bought by NBC. In 1954 became home to the original version of The Tonight Show with host Steve Allen. Bought by developer Abraham Hirschfeld in 1956, and after returning to use as a legitimate theater in the 1960s, in 1974 it was converted into a movie house. Finally, in 1980 it became the Savoy rock club.
In 1987, the building received landmark status. When owner Henry Macklowe developed the surrounding lots into a new luxury hotel, he incorporated the landmarked theater, using it as a conference center and auditorium. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels bought the hotel and the Hudson in 1995.
Currently, the Hudson Theatre is used as a conference and party space for the Millennium Broadway Hotel. It is also the site of stand-up comedy shows taped for broadcast on the Comedy Central cable network.
- 1903: Cousin Kate
- 1907: The Lion and the Mouse
- 1908: Love's Comedy
- 1914: The Taming of the Shrew
- 1922: So This is London
- 1926: The Noose
- 1929: Hot Chocolate
- 1938: Who's Who
- 1941: Arsenic and Old Lace
- 1960: Toys in the Attic
- 1961: Becket
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