Circle in the Square Theatre

159 Bleecker Street,
New York, NY 10012

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Functions: Housing, Retail

Previous Names: Bleecker Theatre, Luxor Theatre, New Stage Theatre, Bleecker Street Playhouse

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Circle in the Square Theatre

This now shuttered Off-Broadway playhouse was originally a late-run cinema, first as the Bleecker Theatre and by 1940 as the Luxor Theatre, with about 600 seats. The seating capacity was substantially reduced for the installation of a modern “thrust” stage when Circle in the Square took over in the 1950’s.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 19, 2006 at 10:17 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1926 edition as the Bleeker Theatre, it had been re-named Luxor Theatre by the 1930 edition. Gone from listings in 1950 or even before then.

When I took a look at the building in June 2005 it was in the process of being gutted internally and looked like it could be converted into retail or restaurant use. I will check it out on my next visit to NYC (unless someone gets to it before me!)

William on April 19, 2006 at 11:56 am

It looks like the former lobby area will be the lobby for some condos they built above the former theatre.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on May 10, 2006 at 6:17 am

I attended a play here in the mid-70’s entitled “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”. The first two letters should have been “P.U.!!!”

Mikeoaklandpark on October 12, 2006 at 7:58 am

Is the theater still intact and can maybe be reopened?

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on October 12, 2006 at 12:13 pm

never new this showed movies……….

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 7, 2008 at 8:36 am

A Rose Theatre shows up in a 1923 Paramount Week ad as located on Bleecker and Thompson. Could this have been the Luxor, Garrick or even an early version of the Bleecker Street Cinema?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

Featuring plays in 1948 as the New Stage Theatre. By 1950 it is the Bleecker Street Playhouse.

Metropolite on April 25, 2021 at 3:39 pm

Six floors with ten apartments were added to the two-story building. Entrance to apartments on left. Former lobby and theatre now retail space.

UncleLuca on February 4, 2022 at 9:27 pm

Pls see 1940 tax photo as the Luxor,,,

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