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Century Theatre


Central Park West at W. 62nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 2320

Carrere & Hastings, architects. Financed by a number of influential New Yorkers, including J.P Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Jacob Astor. They conceived it as a not-for-profit theatre and held a design competition to select an architect. When it opened, complaints about the acoustics kept the patrons away. Rather than fix the venue, the founders abandoned it. The New became the Century, a commerical venue. In 1926, it was razed and replaced by the Century apartments.

Built: 1909    Demolished: 1930   

Theatre Names Named
Century Theatre 1911     Reopened October 21, 1911
Millionaires' Theatre 1909     Nicknamed because of the rich sponsors
New Theatre 1909     Opened November 8, 1909
ProductionsProduction Dates
Just a Minute
Musical, Original, Vaudeville
Music by Harry Archer; Book by H. C. Greene; Lyrics by Walter O'Keefe
Nov 19, 1928 - Dec 15, 1928
Sunny Days
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 01, 1928 - Oct 27, 1928
Countess Maritza
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Apr 09, 1928 - Apr 1928
Yours Truly
Musical, Original
Music by Raymond Hubbell; Book by Clyde North; Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Mar 12, 1928 - Mar 1928
The Spider
Play, Revival, Melodrama, Mystery
Feb 27, 1928 - Mar 1928
The Shanghai Gesture
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Written by John Colton
Feb 13, 1928 - Feb 1928
Oh, Kay!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 02, 1928 - Jan 14, 1928
Danton's Tod
Play, Original, Tragedy
Written by Georg Buchner
Dec 20, 1927 - Jan 1928
Jederman
Play, Original, Drama, Spectacle
Music by Einar Nilson; Written by Hugo Von Hofmannstahl
Dec 07, 1927 - Dec 1927
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 17, 1927 - Dec 1927
The Desert Song
Musical, Original, Operetta
Oct 10, 1927 - Nov 1927
The Cocoanuts
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by George S. Kaufman; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
May 16, 1927 - May 28, 1927
The Jazz Singer
Play, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Apr 18, 1927 - May 1927
Rose-Marie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 24, 1927 - Mar 05, 1927
Castles in the Air
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Percy Wenrich; Book by Raymond W. Peck; Lyrics by Raymond W. Peck
Dec 06, 1926 - Jan 22, 1927
The Vagabond King
Musical, Original, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Nov 15, 1926 - Dec 04, 1926
The Pearl of Great Price
Play, Original, Drama, Spectacle
Nov 01, 1926 - Nov 1926
H.M.S. Pinafore
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Apr 06, 1926 - May 1926
Princess Flavia
Musical, Original, Operetta
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Nov 02, 1925 - Jan 1926
The Love Song
Musical, Original, Operetta
Jan 13, 1925 - Jun 06, 1925
The Miracle
Play, Original
Jan 16, 1924 - Jun 1924
Cosi Sia
Play, Original
Dec 08, 1923 - Dec 1923
La Porta Chiusa
Play, Original
Written by Marco Praga
Dec 08, 1923 - Dec 1923
La Citta Morta
Play, Revival
Dec 08, 1923 - Dec 1923
Ghosts
Play, Revival
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Dec 08, 1923 - Dec 1923
Oedipus Rex
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by Sophocles
Oct 25, 1923 - Nov 1923
Sally, Irene and Mary
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 23, 1923 - Jun 02, 1923
The Lady in Ermine
Musical, Original
Jan 29, 1923 - Apr 21, 1923
Blossom Time
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Oct 23, 1922 - Jan 27, 1923
The Rose of Stamboul
Musical, Original, Operetta
Mar 07, 1922 - Jun 10, 1922
The Chocolate Soldier
Musical, Revival, Opera
Music by Oscar Straus
Dec 12, 1921 - Feb 18, 1922
Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 1921 - Closing date unknown
The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 1921 - Closing date unknown
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 1921 - Closing date unknown
The Last Waltz
Musical, Original, Operetta
May 10, 1921 - Oct 29, 1921
In the Night Watch
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Michael Morton
Jan 29, 1921 - May 1921
Mecca
Musical, Original, Mime, Spectacle
Music by Percy E. Fletcher; Book by Oscar Asche; Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Oct 04, 1920 - Jan 22, 1921
Florodora
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Leslie Stuart; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by Ernest Boyd-Jones
Apr 05, 1920 - Aug 14, 1920
Aphrodite
Play, Original, Romance
Nov 24, 1919 - Apr 03, 1920
The Betrothal
Play, Original
Feb 01, 1919 - Mar 1919
Freedom
Play, Original
Oct 19, 1918 - Nov 1918
Sinbad
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 02, 1918 - Oct 1918
Yip Yip Yaphank
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 19, 1918 - Sep 1918
Biff! Bang!
Musical, Original, Revue
May 30, 1918 - Jun 05, 1918
Out There
Play, Revival
May 17, 1918 - May 1918
Chu Chin Chow
Musical, Original
Music by Frederick Norton; Book by Oscar Asche; Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Jan 14, 1918 - Apr 27, 1918
Miss 1917
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 05, 1917 - Jan 05, 1918
The Century Girl
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 06, 1916 - Apr 28, 1917
The Tempest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 24, 1916 - May 1916
Ned Wayburn's Town Topics
Musical, Original, Comedy, Revue, Spectacle
Sep 23, 1915 - Nov 20, 1915
Pilate's Daughter
Play, Original
Music by Joseph Carl; Written by Francis L. Kenzel
Nov 21, 1914 - Nov 1914
Joseph and His Brethren
Play, Original
Written by Louis N. Parker
Jan 11, 1913 - Apr 1913
The Daughter of Heaven
Play, Original
Oct 12, 1912 - Jan 1913
The Garden of Allah
Play, Original
Oct 21, 1911 - May 1912
The Blue Bird
Play, Revival
Sep 15, 1911 - Oct 1911
New Theatre
Nice Wanton
Play, Original
Mar 27, 1911 - Mar 27, 1911
Noah's Flood
Play, Original
Mar 27, 1911 - Mar 27, 1911
The Arrow Maker
Play, Original
Written by Mary Austin
Feb 27, 1911 - Closing date unknown
Nobody's Daughter
Play, Original
Written by George Patson
Feb 13, 1911 - Closing date unknown
The Piper
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 30, 1911 - Closing date unknown
Vanity Fair
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1911 - Closing date unknown
Old Heidelberg
Play, Revival
Dec 19, 1910 - Closing date unknown
Mary Magdalene
Play, Original
Dec 05, 1910 - Dec 1910
The Thunderbolt
Play, Original
Nov 12, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 07, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Blue Bird
Play, Original
Oct 01, 1910 - Nov 07, 1910
Beethoven
Play, Original
Written by René Fauchois
Apr 11, 1910 - May 1910
The Winter's Tale
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 28, 1910 - Closing date unknown
Brand
Play, Original
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Mar 14, 1910 - Closing date unknown
Sister Beatrice
Play, Revival
Mar 14, 1910 - Closing date unknown
A Son of the People
Play, Original
Written by Sophus Michaelis
Feb 28, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Witch
Play, Original
Feb 14, 1910 - Closing date unknown
Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jan 26, 1910 - Closing date unknown
Liz the Mother
Play, Original
Jan 03, 1910 - Jan 03, 1910
Don
Play, Original
Dec 30, 1909 - Closing date unknown
The School for Scandal
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 27, 1909 - Closing date unknown
The Nigger
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Edward Sheldon
Dec 04, 1909 - Dec 1909
Strife
Play, Original
Written by John Galsworthy
Nov 17, 1909 - Closing date unknown
The Cottage in the Air
Play, Original
Nov 11, 1909 - Closing date unknown
Antony and Cleopatra
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Nov 06, 1909 - Closing date unknown