Empire Theatre - Circa 1912, Bill Morrison collection, courtesy of The Shubert Archive.

Empire Theatre

236 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate)
900
Built
1912
Closed
1942

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.
Media
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LIST OF PRODUCTIONS