Booth Theatre, New York City

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Booth's Theatre was a theatre in New York 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 as 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.
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  • The elegant Booth Theatre, named for the famous 19th-century actor Edwin Booth (yes, father to THAT Booth), is an experience worth having in itself. With its Venetian Renaissance facade, it is as...  more »
  • Freestyle love supreme is a true improvisational show using audience inpu to put on an extremely fun show. We did not know what to expect but the cast created a superb nonstop show. Alot of the...  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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