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Rialto Theatre


201 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 950

J. B. McElfatrick, architect. Built by Oscar Hammerstein and named the Victoria to celebrate his victory over creditors. In 1904, it offered family variety. This gave way to vaudeville, which proved to be quite successful. Joining the roofs of the Victoria and the adjacent Republic, which he also owned, Hammerstein created the Paradise Roof Garden, an open-air showplace for summer entertainment. In 1915, he sold it to S.L. Rothafel, who gutted it and built the Rialto, Times Square's first movie palace.

Built: 1899    Closed: 1915    Demolished: 1935   

Theatre Names Named
Rialto Theatre 1916     1st movie palace in Times Square
Victoria Theatre 1899     Opened March 2, 1899
ProductionsProduction Dates
 
Victoria Theatre
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels
Musical, Original, Minstrel
Jan 04, 1904 - Feb 1904
The Office Boy
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ludwig Englander; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Nov 02, 1903 - Jan 02, 1904
The Fisher Maiden
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Oct 05, 1903 - Oct 31, 1903
The Jersey Lily
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 14, 1903 - Oct 03, 1903
The Auctioneer
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 04, 1903 - Jun 1903
Resurrection
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Henri Bataille
Feb 17, 1903 - Apr 30, 1903
The Eternal City
Play, Original, Melodrama
Music by Pietro Mascagni; Written by Hall Caine
Nov 17, 1902 - Feb 1903
La Gioconda
Play, Original
Nov 04, 1902 - Nov 1902
La Citta Morta
Play, Original
Nov 04, 1902 - Nov 1902
Francesca da Rimini
Play, Original
Nov 04, 1902 - Nov 1902
Mrs. Jack
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 06, 1902 - Closing date unknown
Dolly Varden
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Sep 22, 1902 - Oct 04, 1902
Les Cloches De Corneville
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Apr 21, 1902 - Apr 26, 1902
Pelleas and Melisande
Play, Revival
Jan 28, 1902 - Jan 30, 1902
Francesca da Rimini
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by George H. Boker
Dec 31, 1901 - Feb 1902
The Marriage Game
Play, Original
Written by Clyde Fitch
Dec 10, 1901 - Dec 1901
The Way of the World
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Clyde Fitch
Nov 04, 1901 - Dec 1901
Sweet Marie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by R. Jackson; Book by W. Brown; Lyrics by W. Brown
Oct 10, 1901 - Nov 02, 1901
My Lady
Musical, Original, Extravaganza, Romance
Music by Harry Lawson Heartz; Book by R. A. Barnet; Lyrics by R. A. Barnet
Feb 11, 1901 - May 04, 1901
The Night of the Fourth
Musical, Original, Comedy
Book by George Ade; Lyrics by J. Sherrie Mathews
Jan 21, 1901 - Feb 02, 1901
Miss Prinnt
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 25, 1900 - Nov 19, 1901
Star and Garter
Musical, Original, Farce, Vaudeville
Music by John W. Bratton; Book by John J. McNally; Lyrics by Walter Ford
Nov 26, 1900 - Dec 15, 1900
The Rogers Brothers in Central Park
Musical, Original, Farce, Vaudeville
Music by Maurice Levi; Book by John J. McNally; Lyrics by J. Cheever Goodwin
Sep 17, 1900 - Nov 24, 1900
A Hot Old Time
Musical, Revival, Farce
Music by Edgar Selden; Written by Edgar Selden; Lyrics by Edgar Selden
Apr 12, 1900 - Apr 28, 1900
Mam'selle 'Awkins
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alfred E. Aarons; Book by Richard Carle; Lyrics by Richard Carle
Feb 26, 1900 - Mar 31, 1900
Chris and the Wonderful Lamp
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Jan 01, 1900 - Feb 24, 1900
The Rogers Brothers in Wall Street
Musical, Original, Farce, Vaudeville
Written by John J. McNally
Sep 18, 1899 - Dec 30, 1899
A Reign of Error
Musical, Original, Vaudeville
Music by Maurice Levi; Libretto by John J. McNally
Mar 02, 1899 - Jun 10, 1899