Empire Theatre (1893-1953)

J.B. McElfatrick, architect. Producer Charles Frohman had it built "uptown" at the suggestion of Al Hayman—"Everything theatrical is moving uptown," he said. Hayman later owned it after Frohman died on the Lusitania in 1915. In 1948, the Astor estate purchased the theatre and announced, in 1953, that it would be torn down to make way for an office tower. Waves of nostalgia spread through the theatre community, and performers gathered to celebrate the venue in a restrospective farewell performance. The theater was at 1430 Broadway (40th & 41st) in New York with a seating capacity of 1,100.

Date Play
Oct 15, 1952 The Time of the Cuckoo
Nov 28, 1951 I Am a Camera
Oct 17, 1951 Buy Me Blue Ribbons
Apr 20, 1951 The Long Days
Jan 5, 1950 The Member of the Wedding
Dec 1, 1949 The Closing Door
Oct 3, 1949 Twelfth Night
Oct 20, 1948 Life With Mother
May 25, 1948 Seeds in the Wind
Dec 28, 1947 Ruth Draper
Oct 29, 1947 The Winslow Boy
Jan 12, 1947 Ruth Draper
Jan 23, 1946 O Mistress Mine
Nov 28, 1945 The Mermaids Singing
Oct 29, 1945 The Next Half Hour
Nov 8, 1939 Life with Father
Oct 2, 1939 They Knew What They Wanted
Sep 18, 1939 Journey's End
Jan 3, 1939 Mamba's Daughters
Nov 28, 1939 Soliloquy
Sep 19, 1938 Missouri Legend
Apr 14, 1938 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Sep 29, 1937 The Star-Wagon
Mar 10, 1937 Candida
Dec 23, 1936 The Wingless Victory
Oct 8, 1936 Hamlet
Aug 25, 1936 Spring Dance
Feb 10, 1936 Fresh Fields
Jan 8, 1936 O Evening Star
Jan 8, 1936 Ghosts
Nov 18, 1935 For Valor
Oct 15, 1935 Bright Star
Jan 7, 1935 The Old Maid
Nov 26, 1934 But Not For Love
Oct 29, 1934 Allure
Apr 2, 1934 Four Saints in Three Acts
Feb 14, 1934 Richard of Bordeaux
Oct 16, 1933 The Dream of Squanarelle
Oct 16, 1933 The School for Husbands
Apr 13, 1933 Threepenny Opera
Jan 21, 1933 We, The People
Nov 21, 1932 Firebird
Oct 27, 1932 Dangerous Corner
Feb 15, 1932 There's Always Juliet
Feb 9, 1931 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Dec 15, 1930 Petticoat Influence
Nov 5, 1930 Room of Dreams
Oct 6, 1930 Stepdaughters of War
Jun 2, 1930 Milestones
Jun 2, 1930 The Little Father of the Wilderness
Feb 4, 1930 Dishonored Lady
Sep 30, 1929 Candle Light
Nov 27, 1928 The Age of Innocence
Oct 16, 1928 Olympia
Sep 5, 1928 Heavy Traffic
May 7, 1928 The Happy Husband
Apr 9, 1928 The Play's the Thing
Mar 8, 1928 Napoleon
Jan 1, 1928 Salvation
Oct 18, 1927 Interference
Sep 5, 1927 Pickwick
Mar 21, 1927 Her Cardboard Lover
Feb 21, 1927 Set a Thief
Sep 29, 1926 The Captive
Apr 14, 1926 Raquel Meller
Dec 7, 1925 Easy Virtue
Oct 20, 1925 Antonia
Oct 7, 1925 A Tale of the Wolf
Feb 11, 1925 The Dove
Jan 13, 1925 Isabel
Jan 13, 1925 Shell We Join the Ladies?
Sep 23, 1924 Grounds for Divorce
Jun 9, 1924 She Stoops to Conquer
Dec 4, 1923 The Lady
Sep 26, 1923 Casanova
Apr 9, 1923 Zander the Great
Mar 12, 1923 Pasteur
Dec 25, 1923 Rose Briar
Nov 20, 1922 The Texas Nightingale
Sep 25, 1922 La Tendresse
Jun 5, 1922 The Rivals
Jan 1, 1922 The Czarina
Nov 21, 1921 The Dream Maker
Sep 20, 1921 Blood and Sand
Apr 18, 1921 Clair de Lune
Dec 22, 1920 Mary Rose
Aug 1, 1920 Call the Doctor
Oct 6, 1919 Declassee
Dec 23, 1918 Dear Brutus
Sep 30, 1918 The Saving Grace
May 6, 1918 Belinda
May 6, 1918 The New Word
Feb 14, 1918 The Off Chance
Dec 24, 1917 The Lady of the Camellias
Nov 13, 1917 The Three Bears
Sep 10, 1917 Rambler Rose
May 14, 1917 The New Word
May 14, 1917 Old Friends
May 14, 1917 The Old Lady Shows Her Medals
Dec 25, 1916 A Kiss for Cinderella
Dec 4, 1916 Cendres D'Opium
Dec 4, 1916 Du Theatre au Champ D'Honneur
Dec 4, 1916 Hecube
Dec 4, 1916 L'Aiglon
Dec 4, 1916 L'Anglais tel Qu'on le Parle
Dec 4, 1916 L'Honocauste
Dec 4, 1916 Le Vitrail
Dec 4, 1916 Rosalie
Dec 4, 1916 Shylock
Dec 4, 1916 La Chance du Mari
Dec 4, 1916 La Dame aux Camelias
Dec 4, 1916 La Faux Modele
Dec 4, 1916 La Mort de Cleopatre
Dec 4, 1916 La Paix Chez Soi
Dec 4, 1916 Le Proces de Jeanne d'Arc
Oct 30, 1916 The Basker
Sep 20, 1916 Caroline
Apr 4, 1916 Rio Grande
Mar 13, 1916 Margaret Schiller
Jan 11, 1916 The Little Minister
Dec 21, 1915 Peter Pan
Nov 22, 1915 The Chief
Nov 8, 1915 Secret Service
Oct 11, 1915 Sherlock Holmes
Apr 7, 1915 A Celebrated Case
Jan 25, 1915 The Shadow
Jan 12, 1915 Rosemary
Dec 14, 1914 Driven
Oct 20, 1914 Diplomacy
Sep 7, 1914 The Prodigal Husband
May 11, 1914 A Scrap of Paper
Jan 5, 1914 The Legend of Leonora
Oct 28, 1913 Tante
Sep 29, 1913 The Tyranny of Tears
Sep 29, 1913 The Will
Sep 1, 1913 Much Ado About Nothing
Apr 28, 1913 The Amazons
Mar 11, 1913 Liberty Hall
Jan 13, 1913 The Spy
Dec 23, 1912 Peter Pan
Nov 11, 1912 Bella Donna
Sep 2, 1912 The Perplexed Husband
Mar 25, 1912 Oliver Twist
Feb 26, 1912 Lady Patricia
Jan 29, 1912 A Slice of Life
Jan 29, 1912 Cousin Kate
Dec 4, 1911 The Witness for the Defense
Sep 4, 1911 A Single Man
Feb 13, 1911 The Twelve Pound Look
Feb 13, 1911 Alice Sit-by-the-Fire
Jan 1, 1911 Trelawny of the "Wells"
Dec 5, 1910 Sherlock Holmes
Dec 5, 1910 The Private Secretary
Dec 5, 1910 Secret Service
Dec 5, 1910 Too Much Johnson
Dec 5, 1910 Held by the Enemy
Dec 5, 1910 Smith
Apr 25, 1910 Caste
Jan 1, 1910 Mid-Channel
Sep 29, 1909 Inconstant George
Jun 7, 1909 The Mollusc
Dec 23, 1908 What Every Woman Knows
Sep 14, 1908 Jack Straw
Sep 3, 1908 The Thief
Mar 2, 1908 Father and the Boys
Jan 15, 1908 The Jesters
Jan 6, 1908 Quality Street
Aug 1, 1907 My Wife
May 6, 1907 Cousin Kate
Apr 4, 1907 His Excellency the Governor
Mar 18, 1907 The Silver Box
Feb 18, 1907 Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
Jan 28, 1907 Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Jan 28, 1907 The Good Hope
Jan 28, 1907 Nance Oldfield
Dec 24, 1906 Peter Pan
Sep 3, 1906 His House in Order
Nov 6, 1905 Peter Pan
Sep 4, 1905 De Lancey
Apr 19, 1905 The Freedom of Suzanne
Mar 6, 1905 Sherlock Holmes
Feb 6, 1905 'Op-o'-Me Thumb
Dec 26, 1904 The Little Minister
Sep 5, 1904 The Duke of Killicrankie
May 16, 1904 Ingomar
May 2, 1904 When Knighthood Was in Flower
Jan 25, 1904 The Other Girl
Jan 5, 1904 Little Mary
Nov 10, 1903 The Pretty Sister of Jose
Oct 13, 1903 Captain Dieppe
Apr 20, 1903 The Mummy and the Humming Bird
Jan 13, 1903 The Unforeseen
Nov 17, 1902 Imprudence
Sep 4, 1902 The Mummy and the Humming Bird
Apr 14, 1902 The Importance of Being Earnest
Mar 3, 1902 The Twin Sister
Dec 23, 1901 The Wilderness
Sep 2, 1901 The Second in Command
Apr 15, 1901 Diplomacy
Apr 8, 1901 Brother Officers
Dec 1, 1900 Mrs. Dane's Defense
Sep 11, 1900 Richard Carvel
Aug 27, 1900 Brother Officers
Apr 2, 1900 A Man and His Wife
Apr 2, 1900 The Bugle Call
Jan 16, 1900 Brother Officers
Dec 25, 1899 My Lady's Lord
Sep 11, 1899 The Tyranny of Tears
May 8, 1899 Romeo and Juliet
Feb 16, 1899 The Man of Destiny
Feb 14, 1899 Lord and Lady Algy
Dec 26, 1898 Phroso
Sep 26, 1898 The Liars
Jun 1898 The Little Minister
Apr 26, 1898 His Honor the Mayor
Jan 4, 1898 The Conquerors
Nov 8, 1897 A Marriage of Convenience
Sep 27, 1897 The Little Minister
Mar 6, 1897 A Man and His Wife
Dec 28, 1896 Under the Red Robe
Aug 1, 1896 Rosemary
Mar 9, 1896 Bohemia
Feb 17, 1896 Marse Van
Feb 17, 1896 Marriage
Jan 27, 1896 A Woman's Reason
Jan 15, 1896 Michael and His Lost Angel
Dec 24, 1895 Carmen
Oct 7, 1895 Christopher, Jr.
Sep 23, 1895 The Imprudent Young Couple
Sep 2, 1895 The City of Pleasure
May 14, 1895 Gudgeons
May 14, 1895 The Luck of Roaring Camp
Apr 22, 1895 The Importance of Being Earnest
Mar 18, 1895 John-a-Dreams
Dec 3, 1894 The Masqueraders
Sep 11, 1894 The Bauble Shop
Feb 15, 1894 A Doll's House
Jan 2, 1894 Sowing the Wind
Oct 24, 1893 The Younger Son
Aug 21, 1893 Liberty Hall
Jan 25, 1893 The Girl I Left Behind Me
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