New Century Theatre - Circa 1920. Courtesy of The Shubert Archive.

New Century Theatre

932 Seventh Ave. at W. 58th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate)
1700
Built
1921
Closed
1954
Demolished
1962

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Previously
known as
Previously known as
Molly Picon Theatre
Venice Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre
Jolson's 59th Street Theatre
Description
Herbert J. Krapp, architect. The Shuberts named their theatre for Al Jolson, who opened the venue. In 1923, it hosted the American premiere of Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre. In 1937, Orson Welles and company marched their production of "The Cradle Will Rock" into the theatre and performed it from seats in the audience (because Actor's Equity ordered the actors not to perform on stage). The Shuberts refurbished it and renamed it the New Century in 1944. In 1962, it was demolished.
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LIST OF PRODUCTIONS