Madison Square Garden Theatre

Madison Avenue and E. 27th Street,
New York, NY 10010

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Architects: Stanford White

Firms: McKim, Mead & White

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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Madison Square Garden Theatre

Located on New York’s east side, beside Madison Square Park, this was the second Madison Square building on the site. It was opened in 1890 and contained an 8,000-seat Arena, the 1,200-seat Madison Square Garden Theatre and a 1,500-seat Concert Hall.

The Madison Square Theatre was screening movies by 1914. The entire complex was closed in 1925 and demolished in 1926.

A third Madison Square Garden was built at 8th Avenue & W. 50th Street

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kris4077 on April 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Check out this Wikipedia page about this theater. The Garden Theatre has been erroneously referred to as the Madison Square Garden Theatre. It was not related to a theatre on New York’s Madison Ave. and 24th St. that was called the Madison Square Theatre from 1879 to 1891 and later called Hoyt’s Theatre. The Garden Theatre was architecturally and structurally part of, but managed separately from, the Madison Square Garden (1890) complex designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, that replaced the original Madison Square Garden (1879) at the same site. Unlike most theatres of the day, patrons entered from street level and it was described as “fireproof”,[2] in an era when theatre fires were not uncommon. The auditorium had eight boxes, a gallery and a balcony, with 1,200 seats plus room for 400 standees. The building was 117 feet long and 70 feet wide, and the stage was 39 feet deep and 70 feet wide.[3]

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Kris4077 on April 29, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Interesting article on the original Madison Square Garden and MSGII

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