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Broadway Theatre

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Address: 1681 Broadway, New York City, NY 10019
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The Broadway Theatre is one of only five playhouses that front on the...

The Broadway Theatre is one of only five playhouses that front on the street named Broadway. It opened in 1924 as B. S. Moss's Colony, a premiere film house. The most notable film that played there in the early years was Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie which opened in 1928, and introduced American audiences to an adorable rodent named Mickey Mouse. The theatre went "legit" from 1930 to 1934, when it was re-christened the Broadway. From 1934 to 1940, the house was once again dedicated to motion picture exhibition, and offered the premiere of Disney's Fantasia in 1939. In 1940, however, it returned to legitimate stage production and, except for a brief stint as a Cinerama movie theatre in the 1950s, has remained in the business of showcasing live theatre ever since. B. S. Moss commissioned architect Eugene DeRosa to design the Colony as part of his chain of movie theatres, many of which also housed vaudeville. The large size of the theatre made it ideal for musical comedies.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Nice venue. Intimate theater that allows the audience to "feel" the performance. Seats are cramped but not uncomfortable.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice venue. Intimate theater that allows the audience to "feel" the performance. Seats are cramped but not uncomfortable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

About thirty years ago i went to see the play Cats and It was quite an experience. Now i took my 18 year old granddaughter to see the revival and i was amazed to see how similar yet different a production it was. The special effects were much better than I remember and yet the costumes. and set was pretty... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Went to 2 shows whilst here in New York thought shows on Broadway were meant to be the best I must say jersey boys was a fantastic show well worth the visit but I was a bit diss appointed with Chicago and was very expensive for drinks in the interval 52 dollars for 2 drinks or 5 dollars for a... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I have seen so many shows at this theatre. The size is perfect. The seats are great. Lots of bathrooms. The theatre is glamorous. Any show is great there unless the show needs an intimate space. Love this theatre!!

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altamont, new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

The Great Comet of 1812.....We've attended many shows but this show is over the top. It's a musical based on Tolstoy's War and Peace. The theatre is made to look and feel like a night club in Russia in 1812. The show is interactive, with the cast constantly circulating throughout the theater. The best seats are actually in the last... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A gorgeous ornate Broadway theater. Seating was a bit tight and AC seemed to be running on a cold night making it a bit uncomfortable...so much so we needed our winter coats. Wonderful show. I'd certainly go and see a show here again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Who can go to New York without visiting Broadway, and maybe take in a show or two? There's plenty of restaurants in the area (both chain and individually owned). In addition, it's not far from the southern entrance to Central Park, many of the museums (MET, MOMA), and many touristy shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We saw "Fiddler on the Roof" here. Beautiful theatre in the older school manner. Really a nice venue to enjoy an evening on Broadway.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The theater is medium sized, with nice plush chairs and with a rise (we were in the third row) which enabled us to see well. Also, there was easy exit at the end because the side doors opened. But as mentioned before, there was little leg room. Wine was sold for $23 for large size, and $14 for small size.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Interesting play. Liv Schreiber was superb. I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. Storyline is familiar since the Glen Close movie came out so I knew what to expect. The actors were superb.

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