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Shubert Organization (Official)
Operated by: Shubert Brothers Theater Company
Architects: Henry Beaumont Herts
Firms: Herts and Tallant
Functions: Live Theater
Located adjacent to Shubert Alley in New York’s theatre land. The Booth Theatre was opened on October 16, 1913 with Arnold Bennett’s play “The Great Adventure” starring Jane Beecher. It was designed in an Italian Renaissance style on its exterior and a Tudor-Jacobean style in its wood panelled interior by architect Henry Beaumont Herts of architectural firm Herts & Tallant. It was named after the 19th century actor Edwin Booth and was built by producers Winthrop Ames & Lee Shubert.
It was taken over by the Shubert Brothers in 1932. Although a popular theatre, it did not have what might be termed ‘big hit shows’ until on December 14, 1936 when the comedy “You Can’t Take It with You” opened and ran for 837 performances.
Beatrice Lillie appeared in “An Evening with Beatrice Lillie” from October 2, 1952, which ran for 278 performances. This was followed on 3rd June 1953 when the Booth Theatre hosted the premiere of the MGM movie “Julius Caesar” starring Marlon Brando. To-date (2021), this was the only time the theatre has been used as a cinema.
On November 4, 1987 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the interior and exterior of the Booth Theatre a landmark.
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