Empire Theatre236 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
ABOUT THIS THEATRE
Previously known as
Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre
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.
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