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Center Theatre


6th Avenue and W. 49th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 3700

Reinhart & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Hood & Foulihoux, architects. Owned by the Rockefellers and managed by "Roxy" Rothafel, Radio City Music Hall's little sister theatre didn't share its success. A 1933 lawsuit from the already established Roxy Theatre forced a name change to the RKO Center. "RKO" was dropped in July of 1934, when the policy was changed to stage extravaganzas. The stage became an ice rink for skating shows from 1940 to 1950. In 1954, it was replaced by a skyscraper.

Built: 1932    Closed: 1933    Demolished: 1954   

Theatre Names Named
Center Theatre 1934     Reopened September 22, 1934
RKO Center 1933     Movies
RKO Roxy Theatre 1932     Named for Roxy Rothafel, Opened December 29, 1932
ProductionsProduction Dates
Howdy, Mr. Ice of 1950
Special, Original
May 26, 1949 - Apr 15, 1950
Howdy, Mr. Ice
Special, Original, Revue
Jun 24, 1948 - Apr 23, 1949
Carmen
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Faust
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
La Traviata
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Rigoletto
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Madame Butterfly
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Opera, Drama, Tragedy
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
The Barber of Seville
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Gioacchino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Aida
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Il Trovatore
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
La Tosca
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Cavalleria Rusticana
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Pagliacci
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 14, 1948 - May 02, 1948
Icetime of 1948
Special, Original, Revue
May 28, 1947 - Apr 03, 1948
The Barber of Seville
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Gioacchino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
May 04, 1947 - May 04, 1947
Faust
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Charles Gounod; Libretto by L Barbier, Michel Carre
May 02, 1947 - May 02, 1947
La Tosca
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 30, 1947 - Apr 30, 1947
Cavalleria Rusticana
Special, Revival, Melodrama, Opera
Apr 29, 1947 - Apr 29, 1947
Pagliacci
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 29, 1947 - Apr 29, 1947
La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera, Tragedy
Apr 27, 1947 - May 03, 1947
Il Trovatore
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Apr 27, 1947 - Apr 27, 1947
La Traviata
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 26, 1947 - May 11, 1947
Aida
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 26, 1947 - May 09, 1947
Rigoletto
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 25, 1947 - May 08, 1947
Madame Butterfly
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 24, 1947 - May 11, 1947
Carmen
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 23, 1947 - May 11, 1947
Icetime
Special, Original
Jun 20, 1946 - Apr 12, 1947
Faust
Special, Revival, Opera
May 09, 1946 - May 09, 1946
Cavalleria Rusticana
Special, Revival, Melodrama, Opera
May 08, 1946 - May 08, 1946
Pagliacci
Special, Revival, Opera
May 08, 1946 - May 08, 1946
The Barber of Seville
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Gioacchino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
May 07, 1946 - May 07, 1946
La Tosca
Special, Revival, Opera
May 06, 1946 - May 06, 1946
Rigoletto
Special, Revival, Opera
May 05, 1946 - May 05, 1946
La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera, Tragedy
Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica
May 05, 1946 - May 12, 1946
Carmen
Special, Revival, Opera
May 04, 1946 - May 11, 1946
Il Trovatore
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
May 04, 1946 - May 12, 1946
La Traviata
Special, Revival, Opera
May 03, 1946 - May 03, 1946
Madame Butterfly
Special, Revival, Opera
May 02, 1946 - May 11, 1946
Aida
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Book by Giuseppe Verdi; Lyrics by Giuseppe Verdi
May 01, 1946 - May 10, 1946
Hats Off to Ice
Special, Original
Jun 22, 1944 - Apr 02, 1946
La Tosca
Special, Revival, Opera
May 1944 - Closing date unknown
Cavalleria Rusticana
Special, Revival, Opera
May 1944 - Closing date unknown
Pagliacci
Special, Revival, Opera
May 1944 - Closing date unknown
La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Opera, Drama, Tragedy
Apr 30, 1944 - Apr 30, 1944
Il Trovatore
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Apr 30, 1944 - May 07, 1944
Rigoletto
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 29, 1944 - May 05, 1944
Faust
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 29, 1944 - May 04, 1944
Aida
Special, Revival, Opera
Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Apr 28, 1944 - May 07, 1944
La Traviata
Special, Revival, Opera
Apr 27, 1944 - May 06, 1944
Carmen
Musical, Revival, Opera
Music by Georges Bizet
Apr 26, 1944 - May 03, 1944
Stars on Ice
Special, Revival
Jun 24, 1943 - Apr 16, 1944
Stars on Ice
Special, Original
Jul 02, 1942 - Apr 16, 1944
It Happens on Ice
Special, Original
Jul 15, 1941 - Apr 26, 1942
It Happens on Ice
Special, Original
Oct 10, 1940 - Jun 15, 1941
Gizelle
Special, Original, Ballet
Jan 12, 1940 - Jan 1940
Swingin' The Dream
Musical, Original, Comedy, Variety
Book by Erik Charell, Gilbert Seldes; Lyrics by Eddie de Lange; Lyrics for "Hold Tight-Hold Tight" by Willie Spotswood; Lyrics for "Jeepers Creepers" by Johnny Mercer; Lyrics for "My Melancholy Baby" by George A. Norton; Lyrics for "Oh, You Crazy Moon" by Johnny Burke; Lyrics for "Ol' Man Mose" by Zilner T. Randolph; Lyrics for "Way Down Younder in New Orleans" by Larry Clinton
Nov 29, 1939 - Dec 09, 1939
The American Way
Play, Original, Spectacle
Jul 17, 1939 - Sep 23, 1939
The American Way
Play, Original, Spectacle
Jan 21, 1939 - Jun 1939
Virginia
Musical, Original, Romance
Sep 02, 1937 - Oct 23, 1937
White Horse Inn
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ralph Benatsky; Book by Hans Mueller; Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Oct 01, 1936 - Apr 10, 1937
The Great Waltz
Musical, Original, Operetta
Aug 05, 1935 - Sep 16, 1935
The Great Waltz
Musical, Original, Operetta
Sep 22, 1934 - Jun 08, 1935