The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Roma) is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. It has a large seating capacity of 1,761, and unlike most Broadway theaters, it is actually located on Broadway, at number 1681.Take a look at our New York City road trip site to schedule your visit to Broadway Theatre and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day, 1924, as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. The theater has operated under many names and owners. It was renamed Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a legitimate theater house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930. In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films. For a short time during the 1950s it showed Cinerama films.
On November 18, 1928, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public, Steamboat Willie, debuted at the Colony. Producer Walt Disney returned on November 13, 1940, to debut the feature film Fantasia in Fantasound, an early stereo system.
The legitimate theater opened in 1930 with The New Yorkers by Cole Porter. Stars such as Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, José Ferrer, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, Zero Mostel, and Mae West have appeared on stage.
The Shubert Organization bought the theater in 1939 and renovated it extensively in 1956 and 1986. It has long been a popular theatre for producers of musicals because of large seating capacity, and the large stage, which is nearly sixty feet deep. Often plays that have become successful in smaller theaters have transferred to the Broadway Theatre.
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Absolutely a wonderful revival. It’s was true to Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. The cast was sensational. The voices great. Large screens recapturing and projecting the happenings on stage... more »
We were especially delighted to see Patti Lu Pone again after catching her concert in San Francisco during the summer. She is extraordinary. But this reboot of a Sondheim 70's show is dated and a bit.... more »
I went in to watch king Kong and absolutely love it. While It may not have been the best play I've ever seen, it was certainly high on the list. The theater was clean, the stands were cool, the actors were amazing. Loved it
Absolutely loved the venue and King Kong was beyond any expectations I had...! What an stellar performance, visuals, musical, effects, story line acting, singing and dancing ! This is Tony worthy! Highly recommend it you will beyond thrilled & will want to come again and again.
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