Hudson Theatre

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Hudson Theatre
Hudson Theatre NYC 2003.jpg
The Hudson Theatre in 2003.
Address 139-141 West 44th Street
City New York City
Country United States
Architect J.B. McElfatrick & Son; Israels & Harder
Owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Capacity 700
Opened 1903
Current use conference center
Website
www.millenniumhotels.com
The Hudson Theatre on a 1910s trading card.

The Hudson Theatre is a former Broadway theater located at 139-141 West 44th Street,[1]:1 between Times Square and 6th Avenue, New York City. Today the Hudson functions as a conference center and television studio. It is owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

History[edit]

Initial drawings for the Hudson Theatre were made in 1902 by the architectural firm of J. B. McElfatrick & Son, but the firm of Israels & Harder took the project over by 1903.[1]:9 When the Hudson opened, on October 19 of that year with Ethel Barrymore starring in Cousin Kate, it had a number of distinctive architectural features, including an unusually large foyer, a triple-domed ceiling, and a system of diffused lighting.[2][3][4]

Built by theatrical producer Henry B. Harris, the theatre 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 it 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.[1]:14-5

In 1987, the building received landmark status.[1]:1,18 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.[5] 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.

Notable productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hudson Theater Designation Report. New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. November 17, 1987. 
  2. ^ "The New Hudson Theatre". The New York Times. October 18, 1903.
  3. ^ "Miss Ethel Barrymore in Cousin Kate". The New York Times. October 20, 1903.
  4. ^ "The Hudson Theatre". Architect's and Builders' Magazine. Vol. 36 No. 5 (February 1904). p. 200. Online at HathiTrust.
  5. ^ "Hudson Theatre". Internet Broadway Database website.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 73°59′05″W / 40.75694°N 73.98472°W / 40.75694; -73.98472