New Victory Theatre

209 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 13, 2004 at 1:42 pm

When it first opened as Theatre Republic on September 27, 1900, the seating capacity was 982, according to William Morrison’s “Broadway Theatres.” The same was reported in the 1954 Film Daily Year Book.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2004 at 1:38 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook 1950 gives a seating capacity of 982 for the Victory Theatre. Later this was reduced to 769 with the closure of the 2nd balcony during its latter days as a grind & porn house.

RickB on December 13, 2004 at 12:16 pm

The seating capacity may have been reduced from the original. I believe that New York stage theatres with fewer than 500 seats operate under less expensive union rules than bigger houses do, thus the 499 figure.

RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 8:46 am

Is it really only 499 seats?

sdoerr on September 21, 2004 at 12:09 pm

What a nice grand theater, this type of architecture I hope to design after I go to college. A stunning restoration. Great job to the people who make this happen. I hope I cna visit it one day.

42ndStreetMemories on July 17, 2004 at 2:24 pm

The Victory of the 50s & 60s, pre-porn, had some of the most fun programming on the Deuce. They did show a lot of re-released Republic action films, especially the John Wayne ones (Sands of Iwo Jima, Wake of the Red Witch. I do recall a Bowery Boys double feature with a 3 Stooges short (unfortunately during the Joe Besser era.)One of the premier action film houses of the time. Jerry the K

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 9, 2004 at 9:49 am

This was not Broadway’s first burlesque theatre. The Columbia Burlesque Theatre opened in 1910 at Broadway & 47th Street, and presented burlesque shows well into the 1920s.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 11, 2003 at 7:17 pm

Another stunning restoration on 42nd street (along with the New Amsterdam right across the street). Actually, this restoration preceded Disney’s restoration of the New Amsterdam by a year or two. The theater is a gorgeous little jewel-box that serves as a year-round center for children’s and family oriented entertainment. We take the kids in to about 4 or 5 shows here each year and have never been disappointed. Hard to imagine that this was once a porno theater.

A historical note: Not only was this Broadway’s first burlesque house, but it was the home of the fabled “Minsky’s Follies” until then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shut it down during his very public crackdown on vice in the City during the 1940’s. It was renamed Victory in a nod to the groundswell of patriotism felt across the nation during the 2nd World War.