How five fallen Broadway theaters paved the way for a new Times Square

This is interesting AF. If you’re into NYC or Broadway history, read it.

It goes without saying that I can’t remember a time when the Marriott Hotel wasn’t dead center in the middle of Times Square. This is obviously the case as it was finished in 1985 and I was born in 1986. However, the thing is, I never even thought about a time when it might not have existed. When other buildings would have been in it’s place. Is that crazy? Sort of. I mean, why would I just assume?

I also never thought about the possibility that the city, or landlords more specifically, could fathom tearing down a Broadway theatre. I mean, WHAT? You say you want to do WHAT? I knew Times Square was a shit hole before the mid-90′s, but I never figured Broadway houses were endangered species of the time. 

I know New Yorkers are required to hate this hotel because it’s in Times Square and is thus the enemy, but the Marriott was an escape off the cold city streets when I was a teenager and needed a place to eat my Cosi takeaway sandwich in between the Rent lottery and showtime. I went there after my 21st birthday party and the waitress refused to serve my slightly-under-21-year-old friends. I also spent more than my fair share of time at the Marquis Theatre selling merchandise at various shows. 

But I can’t help but be sad about the loss of these five theatres. Who knows what we’d have playing there. 

How five fallen Broadway theaters paved the way for a new Times Square

All the way up Broadway

On my way back from the West Village, before going to a friend’s apartment, I decided to walk my way up Broadway and photograph the theatres because it was a such a nice day.  I missed a couple but maybe I’ll go back and add them soon.  Let’s start at 208 West 41st Street.

The David Nederlander Theatre / 208 West 41st Street

American Airlines Theatre / 227 West 42nd Street

New Amsterdam Theatre / 214 West 42nd Street

Foxwoods Theatre / 213 West 42nd Street

Stephen Sondheim Theatre / 124 West 43rd Street

Helen Hayes Theatre / 240 West 44th Street

St. James Theatre / 246 West 44th Street

Broadhurst Theatre / 235 West 44th Street

Sam S. Shubert Theatre / 225 West 44th Street 

Booth Theatre / 222 West 45th Street

Music Box Theatre / 239 West 45th Street

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre / 236 West 45th Street

Imperial Theatre / 249 West 45th Street

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre / 242 West 45th Street

The John Golden Theatre / 252 West 45th Street

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre / 302 West 45th Street

Lyceum Theatre / 149 West 45th Street

Richard Rodgers Theatre / 226 West 46th Street

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre / 205 West 46th Street

Marquis Theatre / 1535 Broadway

Palace Theatre / 1564 Broadway

Ethel Barrymore Theatre / 243 West 47th Street

Brooks Atkinson Theatre / 256 West 47th Street

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre / 261 West 47th Street

Longacre Theatre / 220 West 48th Street

The Walter Kerr Theatre / 219 West 48th Street

Cort Theatre / 138 West 48th Street

Eugene O’Neill Theatre / 230 West 49th Street

Ambassador Theatre / 219 West 49th Street

Circle in the Square Theatre / 235 West 50th Street / Gershwin Theatre / 222 West 51st Street

Winter Garden Theatre / 1634 Broadway

Neil Simon Theatre / 250 West 52nd Street

August Wilson Theatre / 245 West 52nd Street

Broadway Theatre / 1681 Broadway