Directors Guild of America Theater
110 W. 57th Street,
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Directors Guild of America Theatre (Official)
Architects: William I. Hohauser
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Normandie Theatre, Cinema Rendezvous, Playboy Theatre, 57th Street Playhouse, Trans-Lux Normandie Theatre
The Normandie Theatre was opened on December 6, 1951 with James Mason in “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman”. Seating for 598 was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear. Over the years it went through several name changes:Cinema Rendezvous, Playboy, 57th Street Playhouse, Trans-Lux Normandie and possibly more in its many decades of history. It was closed by City Cinemas on May 4, 1995 with Bruce Greenwood in “Exotica”.
It was taken over by the Directors Guild of America and is now used for industry screenings and special events. There was originally as seating capacity of 484, today the capacity is 436 (266 on the main level and 170 in the mezzanine).
In May 2013 it was closed to renovate the theatre by removing asbestos and install air conditioning. It re-opened in September 2013.
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