Times Square Theater

219 W 42nd St New York

LGBT Theater District/Times Square Theater
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Written By NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

The first initiative to document historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBT community in New York City, illustrating the richness of the city's history and the community's influence on America.

History

The Times Square Theater was constructed with a neo-Classical style façade that it shared with the Apollo Theater. During its brief history as a legitimate theater, it enjoyed success with a number of LGBT-associated productions with major figures. These included Honors Are Even (1921) by Roi Cooper Megrue; A Bill of Divorcement (1921-22), with Katharine Cornell (opened at the George M. Cohan’s Theater); The Exciters (1922), with Tallulah Bankhead; Andre Charlot’s Revue of 1924, with Beatrice Lillie; Private Lives (1931) by Noel Coward, with Coward, Laurence Olivier, and Jill Esmond; and Forsaking All Others (1933), with Tallulah Bankhead and Anderson Lawlor.

In 1933 it became a movie theater. The theater’s interior was demolished in 1996 and portions were used in the Ford Center.

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Building Information

Architect or Builder: Eugene DeRosa Year Built: 1920

Source

Internet Broadway Database.

Cover Photo

Credit: Sarah Sargent/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2019.

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