Harkness Theatre - Circa 1928.  Bill Morrison collection, courtesy of the Shubert Archive.

Harkness Theatre

1887 Broadway at 62nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate)
1265
Built
1905
Demolished
1977

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Previously
known as
Previously known as
RKO Colonial Theatre
Hampden's Theatre
New Colonial Theatre
Keith's Colonial Theatre
Colonial Theatre
Colonial Music Hall
Description
George Keister, architect. Built by Fred Thompson and Elmer Dundy (creators of the Hippodrome) to offer popular entertainment to the new residents of upper Broadway. After only two months, they sold it to Percy Williams, and vaudeville was the policy for the next twenty years, even with new managers (including B.F. Keith and, later, E.F. Albee). From the early 1930s to 1971, it was used for movies and, later, TV (NBC and ABC). After a brief, unsuccessful return to legit use, it was razed in 1977.

LIST OF PRODUCTIONS

  • Harkness Theatre
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    Named 1974
    Named 1974
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    The Robber Bridegroom
    Oct 07, 1975 - Oct 18, 1975
    Musical Original
    Musical Original
    Edward II
    Oct 21, 1975 - Oct 25, 1975
    Play Revival
    Play Revival
    The Time of Your Life
    Oct 28, 1975 - Nov 01, 1975
    Play Revival Comedy
    Play Revival Comedy
    The Three Sisters
    Nov 04, 1975 - Nov 08, 1975
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    Sweet Bird of Youth
    Dec 29, 1975 - Feb 08, 1976
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    Ipi-Tombi
    Jan 12, 1977 - Feb 13, 1977
    Musical Original
    Musical Original
    So Long, 174th Street
    Apr 27, 1976 - May 09, 1976
    Musical Original
    Musical Original
  • RKO Colonial Theatre
    Movie house
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    Named 1931
    Named 1931
    No
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  • Hampden's Theatre
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    Named 1925
    Named 1925
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    Hamlet
    Oct 10, 1925 - Closing date unknown
    Play Revival Tragedy
    Play Revival Tragedy
    The Beaux Stratagem
    Jun 04, 1928 - Jun 1928
    Play Revival Comedy
    Play Revival Comedy
    The Merchant of Venice
    Dec 26, 1925 - Feb 1926
    Play Revival Comedy
    Play Revival Comedy
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Feb 18, 1926 - May 1926
    Play Revival Comedy
    Play Revival Comedy
    The Servant in the House
    May 03, 1926 - May 1926
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    The Immortal Thief
    Oct 02, 1926 - Oct 1926
    Play Original Drama Spectacle
    Play Original Drama Spectacle
    Caponsacchi
    Oct 26, 1926 - Jun 1927
    Play Original Drama
    Play Original Drama
    An Enemy of the People
    Oct 03, 1927 - Jan 1928
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    King Henry V
    Mar 15, 1928 - Apr 1928
    Play Revival History
    Play Revival History
    The Light of Asia
    Oct 09, 1928 - Oct 1928
    Play Original
    Play Original
    An Enemy of the People
    Nov 05, 1928 - Nov 1928
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    Caponsacchi
    Nov 19, 1928 - Dec 1928
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Dec 25, 1928 - Closing date unknown
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    The Bonds of Interest
    Oct 14, 1929 - Nov 04, 1929
    Play Original Comedy
    Play Original Comedy
    Caponsacchi
    Nov 05, 1929 - Dec 1929
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
    Richelieu
    Dec 26, 1929 - Mar 1930
    Play Revival Drama
    Play Revival Drama
  • New Colonial Theatre
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    Named 1917
    Named 1917
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    Runnin' Wild
    Oct 29, 1923 - May 03, 1924
    Musical Original Comedy
    Musical Original Comedy
    Runnin' Wild
    Jun 23, 1924 - Jun 28, 1924
    Musical Original Comedy
    Musical Original Comedy
    Top-Hole
    Dec 22, 1924 - Jan 03, 1925
    Musical Original Comedy
    Musical Original Comedy
    The Chocolate Dandies
    Sep 01, 1924 - Nov 22, 1924
    Musical Original Comedy
    Musical Original Comedy
    The Rat
    Feb 10, 1925 - May 1925
    Play Original
    Play Original
    Lucky Sambo
    Jun 06, 1925 - Jun 13, 1925
    Musical Original Comedy
    Musical Original Comedy
  • Keith's Colonial Theatre
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    Named 1912
    Named 1912
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  • Colonial Theatre
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    Named 1905 (2)
    Named 1905 (2)
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  • Colonial Music Hall
    Opened February 8, 1905
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    Named 1905 (1)
    Named 1905 (1)
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