Booth Theatre

222 W. 45th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Operated by: Shubert Brothers Theater Company

Architects: Henry Beaumont Herts

Firms: Herts and Tallant

Functions: Live Theater

Styles: Italian Renaissance, Tudor Revival

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Opening night June 4, 1953

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.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

robboehm
robboehm on April 20, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Uploaded an earlier photo showing the Booth at the intersection of Shubert Alley and West 45th Street. Note the original vertical which read “The” Booth. Also uploaded a recent view of the 45th Street facade.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 21, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Named after the brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 22, 2021 at 4:06 am

Opening day advertisement from the New York Times posted in photos

vindanpar
vindanpar on April 22, 2021 at 4:44 am

I had no idea the Booth held the initial engagement of Julius Caesar. They were really out for the carriage trade with this one. Though the screen would have had to have been on the small size considering the intimacy of this theater.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 22, 2021 at 5:36 am

According to Bosley Crowther in the Times, “The wide screen upon which the picture is projected twice a day at the Booth enhances somewhat its scenic grandeur, but exaggerates the size of its close views. Pan shots are blurred in many instances, and some slight distortion does occur for those who happen to be seated forward of the middle of the house. The stereophonic sound is an improvement…”

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 21, 2021 at 10:59 pm

Hello-

I saw the recent Tony Award winning revival of The Boys in the Band twice and can’t imagine how in God’s name they installed even a 1.33.1 aspect ration screen in this theater. if one was in the 1st row you’d have to tilt your head backward to see the screen.

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