Liberty Theatre

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Liberty Theatre
Address 234 West 42nd Street
New York City
Owner City and State of New York
Operator Forest City Enterprises
Type Broadway
Capacity 1055 (est.)
Current use Facade and former lobby used by Ripley's Odditorium; main auditorium as rental event space.
Construction
Opened October 10, 1904
Closed 1933
Rebuilt 2011
Years active 1904–1933
Architect Herts & Tallant
Tenants
New 42nd Street
Website
www.libertytheaterny.com

The Liberty Theatre was a Broadway theater from 1904 to 1933,[1] located at 236 West 42nd Street in New York City.

From 1933 until the late 1980s the Liberty operated continuously as a movie theatre. In 1992 the then vacant theatre was purchased by the City of New York along with many other properties as part of the New 42nd Street renovation project.

In 1996 it was used for a staged reading of T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land, with actress Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner. The New York Times review described the theater as "derelict".[2] The facade of the Liberty theater was later absorbed into Ripley's Odditorium, which is part of the Forest City Enterprises entertainment complex.[3]

In 2011, renovations were completed and the former Liberty Theatre auditorium was converted for use as a Famous Dave's restaurant.[4] The main auditorium space is now a rental event space, with the restaurant portion along 42nd Street operating as the Liberty Diner.[5]

Notable productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberty Theatre (Built: 1904 Closed: 1933)" – Internet Broadway Database (Retrieved on February 22, 2008)
  2. ^ Brantley, Ben (1996-11-18). "Memory and Desire: Hearing Eliot's Passion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ New 42nd Street website information on Liberty Theatre history
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ official site
  6. ^ Blackbirds of 1928 starred Adelaide Hall and Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. http://www.amazon.com/Underneath-Harlem-Moon-Paris-Adelaide/dp/B005ZOLV7C
  7. ^ http://www.myspace.com/adelaidehall/photos/8228520#%7B%22ImageId%22%3A8228520%7D
  8. ^ http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/6569/Brown-Buddies

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Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 73°59′18″W / 40.75658°N 73.98826°W / 40.75658; -73.98826