Theatre Row (New York City)

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Theatre Row Entertainment District
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The Theatre Row Building is one of several theatres that make up the district.theatre entrances
Theatre Row Entertainment District is located in Manhattan
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Theatre Row Entertainment District is located in New York
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Theatre Row Entertainment District is located in the US
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Theatre Row Entertainment District
Address West 42nd Street Between Ninth and Eleventh Avenues
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
Type Off-Broadway

Theatre Row is an entertainment district of Off Broadway theatres on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan west of Ninth Avenue. The space originally referred to a 1977 redevelopment project to convert adult entertainment venues into theatres between 9th and Tenth Avenues on the south side of 42nd Street. However with the success of the district the name is often used to describe any theatre on either side of the street from Ninth Avenue to the Hudson River as more theatres have been built along the street.

From east to west, theatres along Theatre Row are:[1]

Original 1977 theatres[edit]

Theatre Row was first established in 1977 in conjunction with the 42nd Street Development Corporation in an effort to convert adult entertainment venues into Off Broadway theatres. The first theatres involved in 1977 were:[2]

  • Black Theatre Alliance
  • Harlem Children's Theatre
  • INTAR Theatre (now on 52nd Street)
  • Lion Theatre (now commemorated by a theatre in the Theatre Row Building)
  • Nat Horne Musical Theatre
  • Playwrights Horizons
  • Harold Clurman Theatre (now commemorated by a theatre in the Theatre Row Building)
  • South Street Theatre

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKinley, Jesse (November 21, 2002). "Upscale March Of Theater Row; A Centerpiece of Redevelopment". Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  2. ^ Jeffri, Joan (1989). Arts Money: Raising It, Saving It, and Earning It. University of Minnesota Press. p. 164. ISBN 9781452901398.