Davenport Theatre

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Davenport Theatre
45th Street Theatre
Davenport Theatre.JPG
Address 354 West 45th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′36″N 73°59′26″W / 40.760065°N 73.990536°W / 40.760065; -73.990536Coordinates: 40°45′36″N 73°59′26″W / 40.760065°N 73.990536°W / 40.760065; -73.990536
Owner Ken Davenport
Operator Ken Davenport
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity 149 (Main Stage)
99 (The Loft)

The Davenport Theatre is an Off-Broadway theater venue located at 354 West 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is owned and operated by Broadway and Off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport.

Previously called the 45th Street Theatre,[1] the Davenport Theatre was purchased by producer Ken Davenport in 2014 and renamed after his great-grandfather, Delbert Essex Davenport, who was a producer, publicist, and author in the early 1900s.[2]

The Davenport Theatre has two performances spaces, a 149-seat main stage on the ground floor and a 99-seat black box recently renovated and renamed, The Loft at the Davenport Theatre on the third floor.

Theatre history[edit]

  • 1984-2004 - Primary Stages
  • 2007-2012 - 45th Street Theatre (some overlap with Primary Stages)
  • 2013 - New Theatre at 45th Street[3]
  • 2014-present - Davenport Theatre

Building history[edit]

The five-story building was built in 1915 as an electric substation by the United Electric Light & Power Company which promoted Alternating current in the War of the Currents while New York Edison was promoting direct current. Although the direct current standard lost to ac in the war Edison had continued to electrify lower Manhattan with direct current and accounted for 90 percent of the electric power at the time against United's 10 percent. The substation in particular was aimed at providing reliable power to Broadway theatres and Times Square signs at a time when most theatres had direct current.[4] In 1928 New York Edison began the process to adopt the AC standard and by 1935 had totally acquired United.[5][6]

After the building was decommissioned as a substation it became a Masonic Lodge. The masonic emblem with the inscription "Gran Logia de Lengua Española Vales De Nueva York" still hangs over the entrance and the abbreviation ALGDGADU is also above the entrance.[7] The abbreviation is interpreted from Spanish "A La Gloria Del Gran Arquitecto Del Universo" to say "to the Glory of the Great Architect of the Universe."[8][9]

According to the building's certificate of occupancy from 1959, the space was intended to be used as offices and a recording studio [10] and had been used illegally as a theater space for several decades.[11]


This list includes current and previous productions at the Davenport Theatre.[1][12]

Production Opened Closed
Once a Year on Blackpool Sands September 4, 2018 September 10, 2018
Afterglow July 24, 2017 TBD
Endangered! July 10, 2017 TBD
Money Talks July 10, 2017 September 30, 2017
Shear Madness July 15, 2016 April 23, 2017
Daddy Long Legs September 28, 2015 June 6, 2016
Men and Women Talking Love and Sex December 5, 2014 February 14, 2015
Pageant July 14, 2014 October 26, 2014
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! May 4, 2014 July 20, 2014
Around the World in 80 Days (as the New Theater) June 4, 2013 October 13, 2013
Wanda's World (as the 45th Street Theatre) January 23, 2008 February 10, 2008
Idol: The Musical (as the 45th Street Theatre) August 12, 2007 August 12, 2007
Jayson (as the 45th Street Theatre) July 10, 1998 August 16, 1998
Golden Boy (as the 45th Street Theatre) November 19, 1995 December 16, 1995
We'll Meet Again (as the 45th Street Theatre) July 27, 1995 October 1, 1995
Awake and Sing! (as the 45th Street Theatre) July 6, 1993 July 25, 1993
The Brooklyn Trojan Women (as the 45th Street Theatre) June 1, 1993 June 30, 1993


  1. ^ a b 45th Street Theatre at the Internet off-Broadway Database
  2. ^ "Tada! Introducing The Davenport Theatre!". The Producer's Perspective. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  3. ^ https://foursquare.com/newtheaternyc
  4. ^ http://magazine.ieee-pes.org/novemberdecember-2013/history-10/M/
  5. ^ http://magazine.ieee-pes.org/mayjune-2013/history-8/
  6. ^ https://www.emporis.com/buildings/301810/gran-logia-de-lengua-espanola-new-york-city-ny-usa
  7. ^ https://www.emporis.com/buildings/301810/gran-logia-de-lengua-espanola-new-york-city-ny-usa
  8. ^ http://freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.com/2012/08/can-you-identify-this.html
  9. ^ http://www.themasonictrowel.com/articulos/files/las_abreviaturas_en_la_masoneria.htm
  10. ^ "Clinton Theater Seeks 'Legal' Status". The Midtown Gazette. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  11. ^ "45th Street Theater Has One Problem: It's Not Legally a Theater". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  12. ^ Davenport Theatre at the Internet off-Broadway Database

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