Stage Door Canteen

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Connie Haines, Maxie Rosenbloom, Ben Lyon, Morton Downey and Joan Blondell at the Stage Door Canteen (1943)

The Stage Door Canteen was an entertainment venue for for American and Allied servicemen that operated in the Broadway theatre district of New York City throughout World War II. It was opened March 2, 1942, by the American Theatre Wing, and operated seven nights a week in the basement club of the former 44th Street Theatre at 216 West 44th Street in Manhattan. The original Stage Door Canteen inspired a CBS Radio series (1942–45) and a 1943 film. Its popularity led to the establishment of other canteens throughout the United States as well as London and Paris.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Urwin, Cathy K. (August 2006). "No Liquor, But Damned Good Anyway". America in WWII. 310 Publishing, LLC. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  2. ^ "A Question About Broadway's Historic Stage Door Canteen". June 22, 2012. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  3. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 633. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. 

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