Vanderbilt Theatre

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Vanderbilt Theatre
Address 148 West 48th Street
Manhattan, New York City
Type Broadway
Capacity 780 (est.)
Current use Replaced by parking facility
Opened March 7, 1918
Closed 1954
Years active 1918 – 1939
1953 – 1954
Architect Eugene De Rosa

The Vanderbilt Theatre was a New York City Broadway theatre, designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for producer Lyle Andrews. It opened in 1918,[1] located at 148 West 48th Street. The theatre was demolished in 1954.

The 780-seat theatre hosted the long-running musical Irene from 1919 to 1921. In the mid-1920s, several Rodgers and Hart musicals played at the theatre. Andrews lost the theatre during the Great Depression, and in 1931 it was briefly renamed the Tobis to show German films. The experiment was a failure, and the theatre returned to legitimate use. No new shows played at the theatre from 1939 until 1953, as it was used as a radio studio, first by NBC, then by ABC, until 1952. Irving Maidman purchased the theatre and began to produce new shows in 1953, but after only a year, the theatre was demolished - replaced by a 6-story parking garage.[1][2]

Notable productions

Constance Carpenter and William Gaxton, principals of the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hart's A Connecticut Yankee, on stage at the Vanderbilt Theatre during a mid-run rehearsal of the hit musical (1928)


  1. ^ a b "Vanderbilt Theatre (Built: 1918 Demolished: 1954 Closed: 1954" Internet Broadway Database (Retrieved on February 22, 2008)
  2. ^ Information from the World-theatres website

External links

Media related to Vanderbilt Theatre at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°45′33″N 73°59′00″W / 40.75924°N 73.98333°W / 40.75924; -73.98333

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