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Opened as the Theatre Republic in 1900, this venue staged two known works by gay playwrights, one by Clyde Fitch and the other by Roi Cooper Megrue.

After being converted to burlesque in 1931 and a movie theater in 1942, it reopened as the New Victory Theater in 1995.

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Credit: Sarah Sargent/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2019.

History

This venue, the oldest surviving Broadway theater, was originally known as the Theatre Republic. There were two known plays by gay playwrights at this theater, both rather successful: Lover’s Lane (1901) by Clyde Fitch (opened at the Manhattan Theater), and Where Poppies Bloom (1918) by Roi Cooper Megrue.

In 1931, it was converted to burlesque, then in 1942 to movies. The theater was restored and reopened in 1995 as the New Victory Theater for family-oriented fare.

Entry by Jay Shockley, project director (June 2019).

NOTE: Names above in bold indicate LGBT people.

Building Information

  • Architect or Builder: Albert Westover
  • Year Built: 1900

Sources

  1. Internet Broadway Database.

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