Astor Theatre

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Astor Theatre
Astor Theatre, Broadway, 1936.jpg
Astor Theatre in 1936
Address 1537 Broadway
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′29″N 73°59′08″W / 40.758001°N 73.98564°W / 40.758001; -73.98564Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′08″W / 40.758001°N 73.98564°W / 40.758001; -73.98564
Type Broadway
Opened 1906
Closed 1972
Demolished 1982
Years active 1906-25 (live theater)
1925-72 (movie theater)
Architect George Keister

The Astor Theatre was a Broadway theatre from 1906 to 1925. It was located at 1537 Broadway, at West 45th Street and designed by architect George W. Keister. It was first managed by Lincoln A. Wagenhals and Collin Kemper, then by George M. Cohan and Sam Harris, and later by the Shuberts. From 1925 to 1972 it was a movie theatre. The Astor was demolished in 1982 to make way for the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Among the plays that debuted at the Astor were Cohan's Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913) and Why Marry? (1917) by Jesse Lynch Williams, the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Big Parade (1925) was the first film shown after Loew's Incorporated converted it to a movie house. Other films to make their Times Square debuts at the Astor included Grand Hotel (1932), The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Gone With the Wind (1939) for MGM; and Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) and The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night (1964) for United Artists.