New Victory Theater

209 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: John Bailey McElfatrick

Firms: J. B. McElfatrick and Sons

Functions: Live Theater

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Theatre Republic, Belasco Theatre, Republic Theatre, Victory Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 646.223.3000

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New Victory Theater

For over 105 years, the New Victory Theater has stood stoically along the ever-changing landscape of New York’s famed W. 42nd Street.

Built as a legitimate theatre in 1900, as the Theatre Republic, the architecture and design of the theatre heralded a new era in showmanship and exhibition. In 1902, David Belasco took over the theatre and renamed it the Belasco Theatre.

By 1914, the theatre was renamed again, as the Republic Theatre. The theatre continued its run as a legitimate theatre until 1932, when it became Broadway’s first burlesque house.

By the 1940’s, the theatre was renamed Victory Theatre and began to show second-run movies. When W. 42nd Street’s fortunes plummeted in the 1970’s, the Victory Theatre became the first to show pornographic movies and continued doing so into the late-1980’s.

In 1990, the Victory Theatre came under public ownership, in an effort to revitalize W. 42nd Street. Leased to a nonprofit organization, the theatre’s renovation began in August of 1994 and was completed in December 1995 at a total cost of $11.4 million.

The theatre is now re-opened as the New Victory Theater (not Theatre) and remains a vision of beauty and a catalyst for all that has evolved on W. 42nd Street.

Contributed by Scott Oberstaedt

Recent comments (view all 105 comments)

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

1972 photo added, photo credit Henry Bonham Houchins.

DavidZornig on October 2, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Great mid `50’s marquee photo added courtesy of Jim Jordan.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2017 at 7:27 am

Article about Time Square with a photo of the Victory and other theatres.

wolftoy on February 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

Looking for information for Brandts Victory theatre. My dad went there in the 50’s and got a 5 x 7 pic of Frankenstein. It says on it-I’ll be scaring you Frankenstein at the Brandts Victory Theatre 42nd and Broadway. Was wondering if this was just that they were showing the movie or was someone dressed as Frankenstein showing up at the screening? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

42ndStreetMemories on February 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

wolftoy…..if you go to google images and type in “victory theater frankenstein and dracula” you will see a beautiful image of the marquee from around 1952.

Willburg145 on July 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm

Did anyone go to this theatre when it was showing porn? I would like to know what the condition of this place like during it’s porn days

Mikeoaklandpark on July 11, 2018 at 6:57 pm

I did Wilburg 145. It was no different than all the other theaters on 42nd St. They were all sleezy even first run houses.

42ndStreetMemories on February 22, 2019 at 5:50 am

I just uploaded a photo from a 1959 NYT Sidney Poitier photo shoot across from the Victory. Good example of the types of double features on 42nd Street back in the day.

DavidZornig on December 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Victory in 1971 among others in below link.

bigjoe59 on January 22, 2021 at 3:27 pm

Hello- how different is the renovated theater’s interior to what it was when it opened in 1900?

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