533 Baronne Street,
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Civic Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Shubert Brothers Theater Company
Architects: Sam Stone
Functions: Live Theatre
Previous Names: Shubert Theatre, Lafayette Theatre, Star Theatre, Poche Theatre
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The Shubert Theatre was built in 1906 for legitimate theatre, it underwent a number of name changes until it became the Civic Theatre in 1951. I was never inside, but it always looked to me to have been one of those alley-jumper theatre’s where the entrance is on a main street but the auditorium was built across from the building housing the entrance, connected to it by a tunnel or bridgeway.
It apparently closed in the late-1960’s and sat vacant for many years, and by the late-1970’s it had been converted into a discotheque. In 2004 there were plans to convert into loft/warehouse units, but this never happened, and only the front of the building was converted. It again operates as a live theatre, with entry at the rear of the building, and its vertical sign has been restored.
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