Longacre Theatre, New York City

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The Longacre Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 220 West 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.HistoryDesigned by architect Henry Beaumont Herts in 1912, the theatre was named for Longacre Square, the original name for Times Square. The French neo-classical building was constructed by impresario Harry Frazee, better remembered as the owner of the Boston Red Sox who, needing money for his theatrical ventures, sold Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees. A curse allegedly lingered on the theatre as a result, and there was a time in which superstitious producers avoided it for fear they would be backing a flop, as noted by William Goldman in his book The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway. Despite the rumor, a large number of performers who have appeared on stage here have taken home a Tony Award for their efforts.The Longacre's first show was a production of the William Hurlbut-Frances Whitehouse comedy Are You a Crook?, which opened on May 1, 1913. With the exception of its use as a radio and television studio in the mid-1940s to early 1950s, the theatre has operated as a legitimate Broadway venue.
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  • It’s a smaller theater so you can’t expect much. I saw Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief. I sat 5 rows from the front, 3 seats from the aisle. I’ve been to several shows at various theaters but this was....  more »
  • It’s a nice theater, but not much of an incline. I had a very fidgety man sitting in front of me. He couldn’t sit still. I was extremely frustrated, because all I could see was the back of his head...  more »
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  • This theater is Amazing!! Love, Love, Love the enthusiasm and joy from people who are much more excited to see shows. "The Prom" was awesome and energetic to see. Am so motivated and proud. Again, A wonderful energetic theater.
  • This was my first Broadway play and I loved the theater. we saw the prom and we laughed and enjoyed our time they're so very much. The seats are very comfortable. I was able to go down to the basement area they had refreshments and a place where they sold merchandise I thought it was very very beautiful everything from the stairways to the ceilings. And of course the Prom was fantastic!

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