Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 5:17 pm

Here is an ad from the legendary “This is Cinerama"
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Shade
Shade on June 4, 2004 at 12:06 pm

According to nytheatre.com’s Broadway theatre listing page, the Broadway currently has 1752 seats.

And yes this is where “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse had its world premiere, November 18, 1928, which is recognized by the Disney company as the official birthday of Mickey Mouse. Steamboat Willie was actually Mickey’s third film, but the first two were silent (“Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin' Gaucho”) and were swept aside in the rush to talkies.

William
William on March 30, 2004 at 10:21 am

“Fantasia” opened in New York on November 13, 1940 at the Broadway Theatre and played there for over a year. The sound system was named “Fantasound”; the original installation cost for the theatre was $85,000 (1940 prices). Only a few engagements of “Fantasia” were presented in Fantasound. The main problem was the cost to the theatres for the sound system and the possible war in Europe. Fantasia would not be heard in stereo again until 1956, when it was restored to it’s original length and released in the four-track magnetic stereo format. The “This is Cinerama” engagement only moved 5 blocks down to the Warner Theatre (aka:Strand)in Times Square.

pnrmx
pnrmx on November 28, 2003 at 5:03 am

The Broadway theater was host to several films: Fantasia (1940 I believe), which tried and failed to get stereo sound into the movies, and the stop-action animated version of “Hansel and Gretel” in 1954, one year AFTER Cinerama moved downtown to the Warner Theater fo finish its record 2.5 year run.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 1:24 pm

I also believe “Steamboat Willie” ( the 1 st Mickey Mouse) premiered here. The interior seats were removed twice for 2 different broadway shows. It is a miracle it still looks as good as it does