Theatre Row (New York City)
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The Theatre Row building with its five constituent theatre entrances
|Address||410 W 42nd Street
New York City
|Owner||42nd Street Development Corporation|
Theatre Row is the name for a section of 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan between Ninth and Eleventh Avenues. The name comes from the numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatres that line the street.
In the 1970s, it was an infamous area of brothels and peepshows, but a campaign to clean up the street was launched, leading to the reclamation of the many smaller theatres along the stretch returning to use by live theatre, often of a more experimental or non-commercial variety.
Today, the stretch holds by a series of theatres, many if which have been renovated or newly built in recent years. From east to west, theatres along Theatre Row are:
- Laurie Beechman Theatre
- The Theatre Row Building, housing six small theatres: the Beckett, Acorn, Clurman, Kirk, Lion and Studio theatres
- Playwrights Horizons
- Stage 42 (formerly the Little Shubert Theatre)
- Pershing Square Signature Center
- Castillo Theatre
- Pearl Theatre
The Theatre Row Building 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.
- Bianco, Anthony (2004). Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America's Most Infamous Block. New York: HarperCollins Books, ISBN 0-688-17089-7.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/02/movies/on-stage-and-off.html?referer=https://www.google.com/Transforming Theater Row; An Unlikely Urban Drama Heads for a Happy Ending - New York Times - May 11, 2000
- Acorn Theater at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- Samuel Beckett Theatre at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- Harold Clurman Theater at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- Rodney Kirk Theatre at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- Lion Theatre at the Internet off-Broadway Database
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