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Empire Theatre


236 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 900

Thomas W. Lamb, architect. Built by Al Woods and named for the female impersonator whose career made Woods's fortune. Woods introduced a new seating system: "slender," "medium," and "stout" seats for patrons of all sizes. Woods lost the theatre in the depression and it became a burlesque house. By 1941, it was a movie house. In 1998, redevelopment of 42nd St. in full swing, the whole building was lifted, moved down the block, and transformed into the facade and entrance of the AMC multiplex cinema.

Built: 1912    Closed: 1942   

Theatre Names Named
Empire Theatre 1954     Showed movies
Laff Movie 1942     Showed movies
Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre 1912     Named for Julian Eltinge, female impersonator. Opened September 11, 1912
ProductionsProduction Dates
 
Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre
First Night
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Frederick Rath
Nov 26, 1930 - Feb 1931
The Ninth Guest
Play, Original, Melodrama, Mystery
Written by Owen Davis
Aug 25, 1930 - Oct 1930
Little Orchid Annie
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 21, 1930 - May 1930
A Month in the Country
Play, Original
Mar 17, 1930 - May 1930
Love, Honor and Betray
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 12, 1930 - Apr 1930
Recapture
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Preston Sturges
Jan 29, 1930 - Feb 1930
Top O' the Hill
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Charles Kenyon
Nov 26, 1929 - Dec 1929
Harlem
Play, Revival, Drama
Oct 21, 1929 - Nov 1929
Murder on the Second Floor
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Frank Vosper
Sep 11, 1929 - Oct 1929
Keep Shufflin'
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 23, 1928 - May 26, 1928
Her Unborn Child
Play, Original
Mar 05, 1928 - Apr 1928
These Modern Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Lawrence Langner
Feb 13, 1928 - Mar 1928
We Never Learn
Play, Original
Written by Daisy Wolf
Jan 23, 1928 - Feb 1928
It Is To Laugh
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Fannie Hurst
Dec 26, 1927 - Jan 1928
Out of the Sea
Play, Original
Written by Don Marquis
Dec 05, 1927 - Dec 1927
The Arabian
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Gordon Kean
Oct 31, 1927 - Nov 1927
Tenth Avenue
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Lloyd Griscom
Aug 15, 1927 - Oct 1927
Crime
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 22, 1927 - Aug 1927
The Love Thief
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Martin Brown
Jan 24, 1927 - Feb 1927
The Ghost Train
Play, Original, Drama, Mystery
Written by Arnold Ridley
Aug 25, 1926 - Oct 1926
Hello, Lola
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 12, 1926 - Feb 1926
Stolen Fruit
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dario Niccodemi
Oct 07, 1925 - Dec 1925
All Dressed Up
Play, Original
Written by Arthur Richman
Sep 09, 1925 - Sep 1925
The Fall Guy
Play, Original, Comedy, Melodrama
Mar 10, 1925 - Jun 1925
The Piker
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Leon Gordon
Jan 15, 1925 - Feb 1925
Plain Jane
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Tom Johnstone; Book by McElbert Moore, Phil Cook; Lyrics by Phil Cook
Aug 25, 1924 - Oct 04, 1924
Spring Cleaning
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 09, 1923 - Jun 1924
The Woman on the Jury
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Bernard K. Burns
Aug 15, 1923 - Oct 1923
Morphia
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 06, 1923 - May 1923
The Masked Woman
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Kate Jordan
Dec 22, 1922 - Apr 1923
East of Suez
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 21, 1922 - Dec 1922
Back Pay
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Fannie Hurst
Aug 30, 1921 - Nov 1921
The White Villa
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Edith Ellis
Feb 14, 1921 - Mar 1921
Ladies' Night
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Aug 09, 1920 - Jun 1921
Martinique
Play, Original, Romance
Written by Laurence Eyre
Apr 26, 1920 - May 1920
Breakfast in Bed
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Georges Feydeau
Feb 03, 1920 - Apr 1920
The Girl in the Limousine
Play, Original, Farce
Oct 06, 1919 - Feb 1920
Up in Mabel's Room
Play, Original
Written by Wilson Collison
Jan 15, 1919 - Aug 1919
Under Orders
Play, Original
Written by Berte Thomas
Aug 20, 1918 - Jan 1919
The Kiss Burglar
Musical, Original, Romance
Music by Raymond Hubbell; Book by Glen MacDonough; Lyrics by Glen MacDonough
Jul 01, 1918 - Aug 03, 1918
Business Before Pleasure
Play, Original
Aug 15, 1917 - Jun 1918
Cheating Cheaters
Play, Original
Written by Max Marcin
Aug 09, 1916 - Apr 1917
Fair and Warmer
Play, Original
Written by Avery Hopwood
Nov 06, 1915 - Closing date unknown
See My Lawyer
Play, Original
Written by Max Marcin
Sep 02, 1915 - Sep 1915
The Song of Songs
Play, Original
Written by Edward Sheldon
Dec 22, 1914 - Jun 1915
Innocent
Play, Original
Sep 09, 1914 - Dec 1914
The Yellow Ticket
Play, Original
Written by Michael Morton
Jan 20, 1914 - Jun 1914
Within the Law
Play, Original
Written by Bayard Veiller
Sep 11, 1912 - Dec 1913