Theatre Row (New York City)

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Theatre Row
The Theatre Row building with its five constituent theatre entrances
Address 410 W 42nd Street
New York City
Coordinates 40°45′31″N 73°59′36″W / 40.758599°N 73.993397°W / 40.758599; -73.993397Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°59′36″W / 40.758599°N 73.993397°W / 40.758599; -73.993397
Owner 42nd Street Development Corporation
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity Acorn: 199
Beckett: 99
Clurman: 99
Kirk: 99
Lion: 88
Studio: 55

Theatre Row is the name for a section of 42nd Street in New York City which is the location for a number of small theatres; it is also the name of a large theatre complex built in 2000 to house six theatres.

Theatre Row is located in Midtown Manhattan between Ninth and Eleventh Avenues. The name comes from the numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatres that line the south side of the street. In the 1970s, it was an infamous area of brothels and peepshows, but a campaign to clean up the street was launched. Today, it is dominated by a large complex housing six small theatres: the Beckett, the Acorn, the Clurman, the Kirk, the Lion and the Studio Theatre. Other theatres nearby are the Little Shubert Theatre, the Pershing Square Signature Center, and Playwrights Horizons.

Theatre Row is currently home to 6 resident theatre companies: The Actors Company Theatre, Keen Company, The New Group, Resonance Ensemble, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, and the United Solo Theatre Festival.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bianco, Anthony (2004). Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America's Most Infamous Block. New York: HarperCollins Books, ISBN 0-688-17089-7.

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