Booth Theatre, New York City

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Booth's Theatre was a theatre in Manhattan built by actor Edwin Booth. Located on the southeast corner of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, Booth's Theatre opened on February 3, 1869.
The Theatre featured a grand vestibule with Italian marble floors and a large statue of Edwin Booth's father, the Shakespearean actor, Junius Brutus Booth by the sculptor Thomas Ridgeway Gould. The auditorium was similarly elaborate in its decor, and featured a large chandelier, as well as a stage that incorporated the most modern machinery in use at the time, such hydraulic rams to raise and lower scenery, and stage lights that could be completely extinguished during the performance, a first in the United States.
Despite the appearances by important talent of the times, Booth could not make the Theatre a financially viable enterprise. It was sold in December 1881, and was converted into McCreery & Co. department store until 1965, when it was demolished to make room for a parking lot.
In 1869, Edwin Booth, then one of the world's most distinguished stage tragedians and arguably America's greatest Hamlet, opened his theatre, Booth's Theatre, in Manhattan on the southeast corner of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Central to the identity of Booth's theatre was the stage background of Edwin Booth, who belonged to the Booth Family dynasty, which ruled the American stage in the 19th century. It was actually touring with his father, Junius Brutus Booth, that gave Edwin his first break, first appearing as Tressel in Richard II in Boston in 1849. After his father's death in 1852 Booth toured internationally, visiting Australia and Hawaii and briefly settling in California before returning to East Coast. Edwin is perhaps best known for his "hundred nights of Hamlet" in which he played Hamlet for 101 consecutive performances, a record held until 1922. Booth is also known for his relationship with his infamous brother, John Wilkes, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. After the tragedy, Edwin publicly disowned his brother.
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  • The seats are comfortable with a good amount of legroom. The sight lines are good. The sound / acoustics are good. Overall, it is one of the better Broadway theaters. It did take a surprisingly long a...  more »
  • Right on 45th and Shubert Alley is the Booth. A small (but wide) theater that has a good range of plays, and decent legroom in the orchestra. Currently showing is Gary, with Nathan Lane. The concept h...  more »
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  • Beautifully aged and ornate. This intimate theater was perfect for this intense, thought provking, authentic and moving play American Son. The actors were captivating and brought the writer's vision to life! The venue was perfect. The acoustics were excellent, allowing you to hear every word. The seating was comfortable and the Broadway feel was present. I would definitely choose this theater to see another performance. Be prepared, the only lounge is located on the lower level, but it's Broadway and goes with the building and when it was built. I did not observe an elevator, so plan accordingly...
  • Expect the typical Broadway theater experience. The line moved fairly fast and the ushers were very friendly and helpful. The theater was ornate as expected, but also cramped with too many seats (no surprises there too). The performance we saw was another story, and I won't let my impression of that influence my overall rating of this place.

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