Times Square Theater
Opened in 1920, the Times Square Theater staged a number of productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Katharine Cornell, Tallulah Bankhead, Laurence Olivier, and Noel Coward, among others.
Operating relatively briefly as a legitimate theater, the venue became a movie theater in 1933 and the interior was demolished in 1996.
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The Times Square Theater was constructed with a neo-Classical style façade in 1920 that it shared with the Apollo Theater.
During its brief history as a legitimate theater, the Times Square Theater enjoyed success with a number of LGBT-associated productions with major figures:
- Honors Are Even (1921) by Roi Cooper Megrue
- A Bill of Divorcement (1921-22), with actor Katharine Cornell (opened at the George M. Cohan’s Theater)
- The Exciters (1922), with actor Tallulah Bankhead
- Andre Charlot’s Revue of 1924, with actor Beatrice Lillie
- Private Lives (1931) by Noel Coward, and with actors Coward, Laurence Olivier, and Jill Esmond
- Forsaking All Others (1933), with actors Tallulah Bankhead and Anderson Lawlor
In 1933, the venue became a movie theater. It appeared in the cult movie Times Square (1980) which depicted female rockers in a subtle lesbian relationship. The theater’s interior was demolished in 1996 and portions were used in the Ford Center.
Entry by Jay Shockley, project director (June 2019).
NOTE: Names above in bold indicate LGBT people.
- Architect or Builder: Eugene DeRosa
- Year Built: 1920
Internet Broadway Database.
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